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Henri Alain-Fournier (1886 - 1914)

Alain-Fournier
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  • Alain-Fournier was the pseudonym of Henri-Alban Fournier, a French author and soldier. He was the author of a single novel, Le Grand Meaulnes (1913), which has been twice filmed and is considered a classic of French literature. In 1914, Alain-Fournier started work on a second novel, Colombe Blanchet, but this remained unfinished when he joined the Army as a lieutenant in August. He died fighting near Vaux-les-Palameix (Meuse) one month later, on 22 September 1914. His body remained unidentified until 1991, at which time he was interred in the cemetery of Saint-Remy-la-Calonne. Most of the writing of Alain-Fournier was published posthumously: Miracles (a volume of poems and essays) in 1924, his correspondence with Jacques Riviere in 1926 and his letters to his family in 1930. His notes and sketches for Colombe Blanchet have also been published.
    Praise for Henri Alain-Fournier (1886 - 1914) 'Anyone who has read his novel will be curious about Fournier's poems, and fortunately, Carcanet offers them in a bilingual edition. '
    Frank Beck, The Manhattan Review
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