Claude Mauriac

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Mauriac, Claude


Born Apr. 25, 1914, in Paris. French literary critic and author. The son of F. Mauriac.

Mauriac graduated from the Sorbonne with the degree of doctor of law. From 1944 to 1949 he was the personal secretary of Charles De Gaulle, about whom he wrote in The Other De Gaulle (1970). He is the author of essays on J. Cocteau (“Jean Cocteau, or the Truth of Invention,” 1945; “Friendship Betrayed,” 1970), A. Malraux (“Malraux, or the Hero’s Misfortune,” 1946), A. Breton (“Breton,” 1949), and A. Gide (“Conversations With André Gide,” 1951).

Mauriac’s best known work is The New Literature (1958), in which he analyzes the characteristics of contemporary modernism. A cycle of Mauriac’s novels entitled The Inner Dialogue, including All Women Are Fatal (1957), The Dinner Party (1959), The Marquise Went Out at Five (1961), and L’Agrandissement (1963), belongs to the roman nouveau category.


Aimer Balzac. Paris, 1945.
Petite Littérature de cinéma. Paris, 1957.
Oubli. Paris [1966].
Théâtre. Paris, 1968.
De La Littérature à l’alittérature. Paris [1969].


Shkunaeva, I. D. Sovremennaia frantsuzskaia literatura. Moscow, 1961.
Albérès, R. M. “Critique de l’acritique.” Nouvelles littéraires, Aug. 21, 1969, no. 2187.
Stil, A. “Le Temps, la mort.” L’Humanité, Jan. 28, 1971.


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The two central chapters about which Mein's book turns are devoted to Claude Mauriac.
De izquierda a derecha: Alain Robbe-Grillet, Claude Simon, Claude Mauriac, Jerome Lindon, Robert Pinget, Samuel Beckett, Natalie Sarraute, Claude Olier.
In addition to most of Stendhal's fiction, she surveys two novels by Zola, two by Beauvoir, and one by Claude Mauriac.
Se trata del hombre absoluto, enfrentado con el misterio del nacimiento y de la muerte, y que pasa casi directamente del uno a la otra, apenas sin tiempo para pronunciar unas palabras cuyo sentido casi unico viene a ser el mismo que el de "los primeros vagidos y los ultimos estertores", como afirmo Claude Mauriac.
1885 - 1970) French novelist, essayist, and dramatist; father of Claude Mauriac.
Chronology is unimportant: for example, the chapter on 'Gide's body' begins with quotations from Claude Mauriac and Martin du Gard about Gide aged 68 and 52 respectively.