During the subsequent decade, Oulipo (as it was commonly known) was only rarely visible as a group.As a subcommittee, they reported their work to the full Collège de 'Pataphysique in 1961.
'We pray to God to release them.'God is not ashamed of the truth.
It was founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais.
Other notable members have included novelists Georges Perec and Italo Calvino, poets Oskar Pastior, Jean Lescure and poet/mathematician Jacques Roubaud.
In addition, Temps Mêlés devoted an issue to Oulipo in 1964, and Belgian radio broadcast one Oulipo meeting.
Its members were individually active during these years and published works which were created within their constraints.
The group defines the term littérature potentielle as (rough translation): "the seeking of new structures and patterns which may be used by writers in any way they enjoy." Constraints are used as a means of triggering ideas and inspiration, most notably Perec's "story-making machine", which he used in the construction of Life A User's Manual.