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Françoise Mallet-Joris: a long literary career

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in French Feminist Writers, French Literature, French Writers | 0 comments

The author of L’Empire Céleste and a member of l’Académie Goncourt, Françoise Mallet-Joris died on Saturday, August 13 2016.  The sad news of her death was announced by Pierre Assouline, writer and journalist, who succeeded Françoise Mallet-Joris on the Goncourt jury after her resignation in 2011 for health reasons. What Pierre Assouline said about...

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Paul Valéry’s Mauvaises Pensées

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Books, French Literature, French Poets | 0 comments

Towards the end of his life, as his muse, Jeanne Loviton, is about to leave him, the French poet Paul Valéry collected in the many pages of his Cahiers some aphorisms, maxims, speculations and questions under the title Mauvaises pensées (Evil Thoughts). The man who enjoyed the status of the official poet has already been a victim of his outdated and faded...

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Benoîte Groult – Portrait of a Rebel

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in French Feminist Writers, French Literature, French Writers | 0 comments

The French feminist, novelist and author Benoîte Groult died on Monday 20 June 2016 in Hyères, southeastern France where she lived. The author’s daughter Blandine Caunes said, “She died in her sleep as she wanted, without suffering”, The author of Ainsi soit-elle was 96. The figure of Moïra, which was dear to Benoîte Groult, embodies...

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When the Poet took up Arms

Posted by on Apr 9, 2016 in French Literature | 0 comments

In a frontline trench, Lieutenant William Kostrowitzky, alias Apollinaire, who became a French citizen only eight days ago, was reading Mercure de France when a burst of German shells wounded him in the temple and drops of blood stained Page 38 of Alfred Vallette’s literary review. It was around 4 pm on March 17, 1916, and the place was the forest of...

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