Anatole France (16 April, 1844 – 12 October, 1924) was a poet, journalist and a Nobel Prize winning novelist from France.
Fun Facts about Anatole France:
- Mr. France, a bibliophile, was the son of a bookseller, owner of the bookstore Librairie France.
- Librairie France was known for books on the French Revolution and was visited by many famous writers and scholars.
- Mr. France is believed to be the model of Marcel Proust‘s In Search of Lost Time.
- The first poem Mr. France got published was during the year 1869 in Le Parnasse Contemporain.
- In 1881 Mr. France gained his literary fame after his novel Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881) was published.
- Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard won a prize from Académie française for its elegant prose.
- During the Dreyfus Affair Mr. France signed Émile Zola’s J’Accuse…! (a passionate letter published in a Paris newspaper) supporting Dreyfus. Alfred Dreyfus was a Jewish army artillery officer falsely convicted of espionage and remains to this day a prime example of antisemitism combined with a complicated miscarriage of justice.
- Mr. France’s first wife, Valérie Guérin de Sauville, was the daughter of the famous miniaturist Jean-Urbain Guérin.
- In 1921 Mr. France won the Nobel Prize in Literature.
- After Mr. France passed away, his legacy was subject to attacks by Nazi collaborators due to his popular appeal. George Orwell, the famous English author, defended Mr. France.
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