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Anatole France

Anatole France (alias for Jacques Anatole Thibault) (16 April 1844 – 12 October 1924) was born in Paris, the son of a bookseller. He began his career as a poet and a journalist. His first success was the journalistic Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881). It won him a prize from the French Academy, of which he became a member in 1896. He signed Emile Zola's manifesto supporting Alfred Dreyfus.

In 1893 he published his most celebrated novel, La Rotisserie de la Reine Pedauque (1893). His later works include L'Île des Pingouins (1908), La Révolte des Anges (1914), often considered his most profound novel, telling the the story of the guardian angel of Mr. Maurice, who falls in love and joins the revolutionary movement of angels to overthrow God. His entire work was anathema to the Roman Catholic Church.

He was a successful novelist, with several best-sellers. Ironic and skeptical, he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He won the 1921 Nobel Price in Literature. He died in 1924.

Random Quote/Passage:

 "[Séraphin] Mais dût-elle nous celer à jamais ses mystères, nous refuser des armes et garder le secret de la foudre, nous devons encore nous applaudir de connaître la douleur, puisqu'elle nous révèle des sentiments nouveaux, plus précieux et plus doux que tous ceux qu'on éprouve dans la béatitude éternelle, puisqu'elle nous inspire l'amour et la pitié, inconnus aux cieux."
"[Seraph] But even though she hide her mysteries for ever from us, deny us arms and keep the secret of the thunder, we still must congratulate ourselves on having known pain, for pain has revealed to us new feelings, more precious and more sweet than those experienced in eternal bliss, and inspired us with love and pity unknown to Heaven."
La Révolte des Anges (The Revolt of the Angels) - Vol 2 (of 2) - Anatole France

Available Titles in French - English Bilingual Edition (Project Bilingual)

La Révolte des Anges (The Revolt of the Angels) - Vol 1 (of 2)

Les Dieux ont Soif (The Gods Are Thirsty) - Vol 1 (of 2)

Les Dieux ont Soif (The Gods Are Thirsty) - Vol 2 (of 2)

La Révolte des Anges (The Revolt of the Angels) - Vol 2 (of 2)

L'Ile des Penguins (Penguin Island) - Vol 1 (of 2)

Abeille (Honeybee)

L'Ile des Penguins (Penguin Island) - Vol 2 (of 2)

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