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Georges Bernanos

(1888—1948)

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Action Française

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

A French political movement, founded in 1898 at the height of the Dreyfus affair. In 1926 it was condemned by Pius XI on the grounds of extreme nationalism and a cynical misappropriation of...

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Charles Maurras

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(1868–1952),

influential French political theorist and author, and one of the founders of the royalist right-wing journal L'Action Française. A supporter of fascism and...

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Éditions du Seuil

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French publishing‐house founded in 1937 by Jean Bardet and Paul Flamand. After World War II it published contemporary authors such as Bernanos, Emmanuel, Pierre‐Henri Simon, Teilhard de...

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François Mauriac

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(1885–1970)

French novelist. He was elected to the Académie Française in 1933 and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952.

Mauriac was born in Bordeaux, the...

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Henry de Montherlant

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1896–1972)

French novelist and dramatist. He was elected to the Académie Française in 1960.

Montherlant was born in Paris of aristocratic Catholic parents. He saw active...

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Journal d'un curé de campagne

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Novel by Bernanos, written in Majorca and published 1936. It depicts the struggle of the unnamed priest against the evil, corruption, and apathy of the Picard village of Ambricourt. Helped...

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Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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1894–1961)

French novelist.

Destouches was born in Courbevoie, Seine, where his mother kept a lace shop. He joined a cuirassier regiment in 1913 and was awarded the...

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Robert Bresson

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Literature.

(1907–1999)

French film director who has received many awards, including the appointment as Officier de la Légion d'honneur, for his work.

Born in Bromont-Lamothe, Bresson...

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