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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.


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 "On ne douta point, parce que l'ignorance où l'on était de cette affaire ne permettait pas le doute qui a besoin de motifs, car on ne doute pas sans raisons comme on croit sans raisons. On ne douta point parce que la chose était partout répétée et qu'à l'endroit du public répéter c'est prouver. On ne douta point parce qu'on désirait que Pyrot fût coupable et qu'on croit ce qu'on désire, et parce qu'enfin la faculté de douter est rare parmi les hommes; un très petit nombre d'esprits en portent en eux les germes, qui ne se développent pas sans culture. "
"No one doubted because the general ignorance in which everybody was concerning the affair did not allow of doubt, for doubt demands motives. People do not doubt without reasons just as they do not believe without reasons. The thing was not doubted because it was repeated everywhere and, with the public, to repeat is to prove. It was not doubted because people wished to believe Pyrot guilty and one believes what one wishes to believe. Finally, it was not doubted because the faculty of doubt is rare amongst men; very few minds carry in them its germs and these are not developed without cultivation. "
 
 
L'Ile des Penguins (Penguin Island) - 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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