24 September 2015

Paris 2015: René Boylesve, Cimetière de Passy #4

'1867 – 1926'

René Boylesve was a new name to me, although there is a great deal of information out there about the man and his works. But I'll trust the dreaded Wikipédia for potted information on him, which tells me that he was born in Descartes (Indre et Loire), where there is a bust of him in the park. There is no mention of Balzac there, although the (surely hyperbolic if not ludicrous) English Wikipedia entry calls him an heir to Balzac and a precursor of Proust. Whatever his importance, he wrote a great number of works, and of course the French site lists far more. Some of his works are available online through Gallica.

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