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Anatole France

Awards: Nobel Prize in Literature-1921

Nobel Committee in its citation stated that the prize was given for "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament. "

Born: 16/04/1844 in Paris, France

Died: 12/10/1924  in St. Cyr-Sue-Loire, a city in Central  France

Citizen: French

Language: French

    Jacques Anatole Thibault (Francois-Anatole Thibault), popularly known by the pen-name Anatole France was the son of a book seller. He immensely loved books, spent his time in the book shop and was a bibliophile. After graduation, he helped his father in managing the book shop. He was also appointed as the librarian of the French Senate in 1876.

   France started his literary career as a poet and journalist. His first poem was published in 1869. He, however, shot to fame with his novel Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard-- The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard in 1881. The novel won him a prize from French Academy.

    His books deal with varied themes, such as satire on human nature and continued patronage of political and ideological fanaticism. Many of his books were best sellers. France was also a member of Academie francaise.

Landmark:    On 31 May 1922, France's entire works were put on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Prohibited Books Index) of the Roman Catholic Church. He regarded this as a "distinction". This Index was abolished in 1966. His detractors described him as a vulgar writer, a charge which noted British writer George Orwell refuted.* France's relations with women were always turbulent.

Notable Works: Abeille-Honey Bee(1883), Thais-Thais(1890), Le Lys rogue- The Red Lily(1894),Histoire comique-- A Mummer's Tale(1903), L’Île des Pingouins --Penguin Island(1908), Les dieux ont soif -- The Gods Are Athirst (1912) ,La Révolte des anges--The Revolt of the Angels (1914),La Vie en fleur-- The Bloom of Life(1922), La Comédie de celui qui épousa une femme muette--The Man Who Married A Dumb Wife(1908)

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