The romantic poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-!889) was born in Mâcon and died in Paris. He spent the first ten years of his life in Milly (now Milly-Lamartine), which gave him many lasting experiences, influencing his work. In 1816, in Aix-les-Bains, he met a young married woman, Julie Charles, and her death from tuberculosis in 1817 marked a turning point in his life. Méditations poétiques was published to great success in 1820, and included in the collection is 'L'Isolement', his elegy to Julie which contains the famous line 'Un seul être vous manque et tout est dépeuplé'. He sold the Milly property in 1860.