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About the Author: Anatole France

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921 "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament."

Anatole France began his career as a poet and a journalist. In 1869, Le Parnasse Contemporain published one of his poems, La Part de Madeleine. In 1875, he sat on the committee which was in charge of the third Parnasse Contemporain compilation. He moved Paul Verlaine and Mallarmé aside of this Parnasse. As a journalist, from 1867, he wrote a lot of articles and notices. He became famous with the novel Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881). Its protagonist, skeptical old scholar Sylvester Bonnard, embodied France's own personality. The novel was praised for its elegant prose and won him a prize from the French Academy. In La Rotisserie de la Reine Pedauque (1893) Anatole France ridiculed belief in the occult; and in Les Opinions de Jerome Coignard (1893), France captured the atmosphere of the fin de siècle.
He was elected to the Académie française in 1896.
France took an important part in the Dreyfus Affair. He signed Emile Zola's manifesto supporting Dreyfus, a Jewish army officer who had been falsely convicted of espionage. France wrote about the affair in his 1901 novel Monsieur Bergeret.
France's later works include L'Île des Pingouins (1908) which satirizes human nature by depicting the transformation of penguins into humans - after the animals have been baptized in error by the nearsighted Abbot Mael. La Revolte des Anges (1914) is often considered France's most profound novel. It tells the story of Arcade, the guardian angel of Maurice d'Esparvieu. Arcade falls in love, joins the revolutionary movement of angels, and towards the end realizes that the overthrow of God is meaningless unless "in ourselves and in ourselves alone we attack and destroy Ialdabaoth."
He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921. He died in 1924 and is buried in the Neuilly-sur-Seine community cemetery near Paris.
In 1922, France's entire works were put on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (Prohibited Books Index) of the Roman Catholic Church.[2:] This Index was abolished in 1966.


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Extrait: ...qui enseignent la philosophie independante et le spiritualisme chretien. Par la liberte de l'esprit, par la fermete de l'intelligence, il semble notre contemporain. Sa pensee se tourne naturellement dans la direction que l'esprit humain suit a cette heure. Ne disons donc pas qu'il meconnaissait l'avenir intellectuel de l'humanite. Quant a saint Paul, il annoncait l'avenir, personne n'en doute. Pourtant il s'attendait a voir de ses yeux le monde finir, et toutes les choses existantes abimees dans les flammes. Cette conflagration de l'univers que Gallion et les stoiciens prevoyaient dans un avenir si lointain, qu'ils n'en annoncaient pas moins l'eternite de l'Empire, Paul la croyait toute proche et se preparait a ce grand jour. En cela il se trompait et cette erreur est plus grosse a elle seule, vous en conviendrez, que toutes les erreurs reunies de Gallion et de ses amis. Ce qui est plus grave encore, c'est que Paul n'appuyait cette extraordinaire croyance sur aucune observation, sur aucun raisonnement. Il ignorait et meprisait la science. Il se livrait aux plus basses pratiques de la thaumaturgie et de la glossolalie, il n'avait de culture d'aucune sorte. En realite, sur l'avenir comme sur le present et sur le passe, le proconsul n'avait rien a apprendre de l'apotre, rien qu'un nom. Il aurait su que Paul etait de la religion du Christ qu'il n'en aurait pas ete pour cela mieux instruit de l'avenir du christianisme qui devait en peu d'annees se degager a peu pres entierement des idees de Paul et des premiers hommes apostoliques. En sorte que, si l'on ne s'arrete pas a des textes liturgiques, depouilles de leur sens primitif, et aux constructions purement verbales des theologiens, on s'apercevra que saint Paul prevoyait moins bien l'avenir que Gallion et l'on supposera que l'apotre, s'il revenait aujourd'hui a Rome, y eprouverait plus de surprise que le proconsul. Saint Paul, dans la Rome moderne, ne...

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