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_The novel featured the protagonist Sylvester Bonnard, who was a sceptical scholar. This character reflected Anatole France's self. The novel soon earned acclaim for its excellent prose. Anatole France won a prize from the French Academy. In addition, Anatole France wrote ‘In La Rotisserie de la Reine Pedauque’. This work criticised occult beliefs. In addition, in ‘Les Opinions de Jerome Coignard’ (1893), Anatole France was able to create the feel of the fin de siècle.


Anatole France participated in the resolution of the Dreyfus Affair. Dreyfus was an officer of the Jewish army who was convicted of espionage activity. Anatole France signed the manifesto of Emile Zola to support Dreyfus. Anatole France later wrote on the affair in ‘Monsieur Bergeret’, his novel published in 1901.

Among Anatole France's works is ‘L'Île des Pingouins’, published in 1908. This happened after the nearsighted character, Abbot Mael, mistakenly baptised them.

Anatole France's most famous novel is probably ‘La Revolte des Anges’, published in 1914. The story featured the guardian angel Aracade. Arcade guarded Maurice d'Esparvieu, but later fell in love. Furthermore, the angel decided to join a revolution of angels against God.

In 1921, Anatole France was given a Nobel Prize.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921. Anatole France died in 12 October 1924. He was then buried at the community cemetery in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris.

In the 1920s, Anatole France’s works were put in the Roman Catholic Church’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum or Prohibited Books Index.


 

Anatole France

06/11/2012

 
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_Name: Anatole France
Date of Birth: 16 April 1844
Place of Birth: Paris, France

Anatole France, born François-Anatole Thibault, was a French poet and novelist. He lived from 16 April 1844 to 12 October 1924. He was born in Paris, France. He was a best-selling writer of novels. His style was sceptical and ironic. Furthermore, he won a Nobel Prize for Literature, and became a member of the Académie française.

Anatole France’s love for books was developed since he was young. He was a bookseller’s son, His father owned the Librairie France, a bookstore specialising in material related to the French Revolution. In addition, the place was often sought by noted scholars during the period. Later, Anatole France attended the Collège Stanislas. He then worked for his father at the Librairie France. He eventually obtained the job of cataloguer in Bacheline-Deflorenne, and later, at Lemerre. The French State later gave Anatole France a position as its librarian.

In Anatole France’s early career, he became a poet as well as a journalist. By 1869, his poem titled ‘La Part de Madeleine’ was published by Le Parnasse Contemporain. Then In 1875, he was part of an important committee. They were tasked with the compilation of the third Parnasse Contemporain. He moved Mallarmé and Paul Verlaine, aside of the Parnasse.

Anatole France’s also worked as a journalist. From 1867 onwards, he produced several articles and notices. He gained recognition for writing the novel ‘Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard’.