'ERNEST LA JEUNESSE
HOMMES DE LETTRES
CHEVALIER DE LA LÉGION D'HONNEUR
1874 – 1917'
La jeunesse was a novelist, caricaturist and literary critic. He wrote and drew for a number of newspapers and magazines, and was appreciated by Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul Léautaud and Jules Renard.
He was unkindly criticised for his high-pitched voice and his eccentric clothes, but supported by Octave Mirbeau, a defender of outsiders.
In Le Forçat honoraire, roman immoral (1907), La Jeunesse attacked the popular crime litterature of the time.