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(pseudonym of Henri Fournier). Born Oct. 30, 1886, in La Chapelle d’Angillon; died Sept. 22, 1914, at Eparge, Near Verdun. French writer. Died at the front at the beginning of World War I. Author of verses, essays, short stories, which were collected in the book Miracles (1924).
The only large finished work of Alain-Fournier is the novel Le Grand Meaulnes (1913). Written in a lyric manner—as reminiscences of the childhood years, schooling, games, and thoughts of adolescents—the novel combines a tense, dynamic plot and romantic intrigue with the realistic portrayal of French provincial life. The traditional “story of a young man” in bourgeois society is revealed by Alain-Fournier in a democratic spirit.
WORKSIn Russian translation:
Bol’shoi Mol’n. Moscow, 1960. (Introduction by L. Zonina.)
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Delettrez, J. M. Alain-Fournier et Le Grand Meaulnes. Paris, .
Bruzeau, M. “Dans la chambre du Grand Meaulnes.” Europe, 1961. Feb.-Mar., nos. 382–383.
Dédéyan, C. Alain-Fournier et la réalité secrete. Paris, 1967.
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