Grand Cross of the Legion d'honneur-1958, Nobel Prize in
Born: 11/10/1885 in Berdeaux, France
Died: 01/09/1970 in Paris, France
Mauriac was a novelist, playwright, poet and
critic. He was awarded the Nobel Prize
for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which
he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life.
His father who was a Banker, died when Mauriac was only eighteen
months old. The child was brought up by his mother and then put up in
a boarding school. He later graduated in literature. He published a
few poems but it was only with the publication of his novel Baiser
aux lepreux(1922)--"A kiss for the Lepers"
that he shot to fame.
Landmarks: Mauriac was
against French engagement in Vietnam and excesses by French Army in
Algeria. Mauriac also had a bitter fight with Albert Camus on the
matter of treatment of French Nazi elements in Post Second World War
France liberated from the Germans. He was also accused of having gay
Notable Works: L'Enfant
chargé de chaînes-Young Man in Chains(1913/1961) ;La
Chair et le Sang- Flesh & Blood(1920/1954),
Le Fleuve de feu-The River of Fire(1923/1954);
Le Désert de l'amour-The Desert of Love(1925/1949) ; Thérèse
Desqueyroux(1927/1947);Le Nœud de vipères-Vipers'
;Les Chemins de la mer-
The Unknown Sea(1939/1948) ; Le
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