Jean el Mouhouv Amrouche was born February 7, 1906 in Ighil Ali, in the valley of Soumman, in petite Kabylie. Amrouche emigrated with his family to Tunisia while still young. Jean had his secondary education at Alaoui college and then left for the Ecole Normale Superieure de Saint-Cloud. He intends to become a teacher. The poet Armand Guibert made him known in Tunisia by publishing his two collections of poems, Cendres (poems 1928–1934) in 1934 and Étoile secrète in 1937. He wrote at that time (poems, literary criticism) in Tunisian journals and gave lectures at the Cercle de l'Essor in Tunis. For several years with his friend Armand Guibert, he visited many countries in Europe. In 1943, he joined the Ministry of Information in Algiers, then the Radiodiffusion Française.
He died in 16 April 1962 at his home in Paris; he is buried in Sargé-sur-Braye in Loir-et-Cher.
- Chants Berbères de Kabylie, 1939
- Etoile Secrète, 1937
- Cendres : poèmes, 1928–1934, 1934
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