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 Hector Malot

Hector Malot

Birth
La Bouille, Departement de la Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France
Death 17 Jul 1907 (aged 77)
Fontenay-sous-Bois, Departement du Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Burial Fontenay-sous-Bois, Departement du Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Memorial ID 7714 · View Source
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Author. Hector Henri Malot, the son of a notary public, was a writer born in the area of France called La Bouille, Seine-Maritime. A child of an affluent family, he was well-educated. He studied law in Rouen and Paris, but eventually literature became his passion, and he devoted his time to writing journals. At first he held the position as a dramatic critic for Lloyd Francais then as a literary critic for the newspaper “L'Opinion National”. In 1859, he published his first book “Les Amants”. In total, Malot wrote over 70 books with some of such length to require several volumes. One of the greatest books, “Conscience”, was recognized by the French Academy in 1878. By far his most famous book was written in 1878 and titled “Sans Famille” or in English “Nobody's Boy”. The plot dealt with the travels of the young orphan Remi, who was sold at the age of eight to a street musician named Vitalis. Although not originally intended to be a children’s book, it gained fame as one. Through translation, his works have met with great success in many countries. According to Edouard Patteron’s biography on Malot, his books “possess that lasting interest which attends all work based on keen observation and masterly analysis of the secret motives of human actions”. Malot announced his retirement as an author of fiction in 1895; however in 1896 he took up his pen again. According to him, he published an account of his own literary life “to prevent slander”; the book was titled “Le Roman de mes Romans” or translated to English “The Novel of my Novels”. Besides this work, he published two more volumes of fiction, “L'Amour dominateur” in 1896, and “Pages choisies” in 1898. He died in a community southwest of Paris called Fontenay-sous-Bois. His works have stood the test of time and even today are still enjoyed by many. The highly-ranked 2000 movie-made-for-TV, “Without Family” was based on “Sans Famille”. Several of his books were the foundation for animated characters that were used in a series of Japanese children videos. As a sign of the ongoing popularity of his work, his residence in France is now a landmark visited daily by people from around the world.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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  • Added: 19 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7714
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hector Malot (20 May 1830–17 Jul 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7714, citing Cimetière de Fontenay-sous-bois, Fontenay-sous-Bois, Departement du Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .