Camille Lemonnier

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Camille Lemonnier
Antoine Louis Camille Lemonnier
BirthplaceIxelles, Belgium
journalist, poet, writer

Lemonnier, Camille


Born Mar. 24, 1844, in Ixelles; died June 13, 1913, in Brussels. Belgian writer and art critic; wrote in French.

Lemonnier graduated from the University of Brussels. Despite his affinity for naturalism, he was the mentor of the Young Belgium group. His first works were essays in art criticism, The Brussels Art Salon (1863; book 2, 1866), and a book about P. P. Rubens, Our Flemings (1869). Flemish and Walloon Stories (1873) deal with village life. The novel Male (1881) glorifies the richness of nature and freedom of instincts.

In his novels of the 1880’s and 1890’s, Lemonnier approached the basic theme of his era, the conflict between labor and capital —for example, in Bloodsucker (1886; in Russian translation, The Plant, 1922). Lemonnier’s last novels depict idyllic life in a semiprimitive commune: Adam and Eve (1899) and In the Cool Forest Depths (1900).


In Russian translation:
Izbr. sock, vols. 1–2. Petrograd-Moscow, 1922.
P’esy. Moscow, 1908.
Konets burzhua. Leningrad, 1963.


Eikhengol’ts, M. “K. Lemon’e: Zavod.” [Review.] Pechaf i revoliutsiia, 1923, no. 7, p. 264.
Rency, G. C. Lemonnier. Brussels, 1922.
Gauchez, M. C. Lemonnier. Brussels, 1943.


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exclaimed Professor Bumper one morning, when the cavalcade, led by Tolpec in the capacity of head guide, started off.
A general movement among the domestics, and a low sound of gentle voices, announced the approach of those whose presence alone was wanted to enable the cavalcade to move.
And wot,' sez I, 'if some day, prancing along in a fash'nable cavalcade, she all of a suddents comes across him drivin' a Mexican steer?
Presently there was a distant blare of military music; it came nearer, still nearer, and soon a noble cavalcade wound into view, glorious with plumed helmets and flashing mail and flaunting banners and rich doublets and horse-cloths and gilded spear- heads; and through the muck and swine, and naked brats, and joyous dogs, and shabby huts, it took its gallant way, and in its wake we followed.
It was full four o'clock in the afternoon before my cavalcade was entirely ready.
The cavalcade, following the sweep of the drive, quickly turned the angle of the house, and I lost sight of it.
A bear-leader, a popular street character of the time, was impressed as an additional ornament, before the cavalcade had gone far down the Strand; and his bear, who was black and very mangy, gave quite an Undertaking air to that part of the procession in which he walked.
Another lay brother led a sumpter mule, loaded probably with his superior's baggage; and two monks of his own order, of inferior station, rode together in the rear, laughing and conversing with each other, without taking much notice of the other members of the cavalcade.
The entire cavalcade then turned and galloped away toward the range of hills in the distance.
A litter was rigged for the now feverish Baynes, and the little cavalcade was soon slowly winding off along the river trail.
As Porthos had foreseen, the cavalcade produced a good effect; and if Mme.
A moment later the small, creaking cavalcade was directly in front of the two soldiers.