26 September 2015

Paris 2015: Arthème and Jean Fayard, Cimetière de Passy #7

Joseph Arthème Fayard (1866–1936) was the son of Joseph-François Arthème Fayard, the founder of Librairie Arthème Fayard, and took over the business in 1894. Under his father the firm specialised in more popular literature, although Arthème fils changed the orientation. A friend of Léon Daudet, he published the complete works of his brother Alphonse, and went on to publish  Maurice Barrès, Paul Bourget and Marcel Prévost.

His son Jean Fayard (1902–78) took over on his father's death in 1936. The same year he sold off the notorious Je suis partout, which his father had started publishing in 1930, and which in the war years became the principal organ of collaborationism and anti-semitic expression.

Jean Fayard also wrote a large number of works, notably the novel Mal d'amour, which won the Goncourt in 1931.

(In this shot, the huge, impressive chapel of the painter and writer Marie Bashkirtseff – featured in an earlier post on this blog – is clearly visible to the upper left of this tomb.)

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