Born Apr. 11, 1801, in Clamecy; died Oct. 12, 1844, in Nevers. French writer and journalist.
Tillier was the author of essays, political pamphlets, novels, and novellas. The most important of his novels is My Uncle Benjamin (1843; Russian translation, 1937), which depicts life in the French provinces truthfully and with subtle irony. Its protagonist is a doctor who protects the weak and is disrespectful to those in power. Tillier satirized class prejudices and bourgeois ethics, and in My Uncle Benjamin contrasted them with the merriment and friendly cooperation of the common people.
WORKSOeuvres, vols. 1–4. Nevers, 1846.
Pamphlets. Paris, 1906.
Mon Oncle Benjamin. Moscow, 1962.
Pamphlets, Paris, 1967.
REFERENCESO’Hara, F. Claude Tillier: Sa Vie et ses oeuvres. Paris, 1939.
Doyon, R. L. Mon Oncle s’en va-t-en gloire. Paris, 1943.
Maple, H. L. Claude Tillier. Geneva-Paris, 1957.
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