Charles Leconte De Lisle

Charles Leconte De Lisle

Saint-Paul, Arrondissement of Saint-Paul, Réunion
Death 17 Jul 1894 (aged 75)
Voisins-le-Bretonneux, Departement des Yvelines, Île-de-France, France
Burial* Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France

* This is the original burial site

Plot Division 17, SMALL cemetery.
Memorial ID 7359 · View Source
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Poet and Writer. Born on the island of Réunion. He spent his childhood on this island and in Brittany. The son of a former army surgeon. Charles is also known as a writer, by his family name Leconte de Lisle. His father sent him to travel in the East Indies with a view to preparing him for a commercial life. After this voyage he went to Rennes to complete his education, studying especially Greek, Italian and history. After completion of his studies, he returned briefly to Réunion but left the island for the last time in 1845, he settled definitely in Paris. He engaged himself in the French Revolution of 1848 which finally overthrew the House of Orleans France, but did not engage himself in politics after the second republic was declared. His work is dominated by his three poetry collections: Poèmes antiques in 1852, Poèmes barbares in 1862, Poèmes tragiques in 1884. Also, he was known for his translations of antique authors. He was awarded a prize by l'Académie Francaise in 1856 followed by another in 1857 shortly after his marriage to Anne Adélaide Perray. He wrote in 1871 two historical books titled A People's History of the French revolution, and A People's History of Christianity. This work permitted him to be employed as an assistant librarian at the Luxembourg Palace in 1873; in 1886 he was elected to the Académie française in succession to Victor Hugo. Some of his poems have been set to music by the great composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He died at Voisins near Louveciennes, in the department Yvelines. He was 75 years old.

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