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 Charles Paul de Kock

Charles Paul de Kock

Birth
Passy, Departement de Seine-et-Marne, Île-de-France, France
Death 29 Aug 1871 (aged 78)
Romainville, Departement de Seine-Saint-Denis, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Memorial ID 8561 · View Source
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Author. He is remembered for being a prolific French novelist writing about lower middle-class Parisian life, during his lifetime in the 19th century. He helped to shape the foreign image of the Parisian lifestyle. His novels were more popular throughout Europe than France. Although his novels were composed in a hurry with a careless style, his combination of vigor, keen observation, sentimentality, brisk narrative and especially descriptive power and sense of plot made his writing very appealing to his readers. He often wrote historical romantic novels describing the Paris nightlife. He produced his greatest work during the Restoration era and the early days of Louis Philippe's reign. A Dutch banker, his father was guillotined in 1793 during a terrorist riot of the French Revolution; this was before de Kock's birth. At the age of fifteen years old, he was placed in a banking house as a clerk, but the banking career was soon abandoned when he published his first book in 1811 at his own expense. The first book, L'Enfant de ma femme” was very successful, hence his writing career debuted. This achievement was done with little formal education, and any errors in grammar or style were corrected during the translation into seven other languages. Among his most successful books were “Georgette” in 1820, “Gustave, oulemauvais Sujet” in 1821, “La Femme Mon Voisin Raymond” in 1822, “Andre le Savoyard” in 1825, “Le Barbier de Paris” in 1826 “Le mari et L'amant” in 1829, “Moeurs parisiennes” in 1837 and “La Grande Rue, Paris” in 1842. The books were illuminated with hand-drawn and painted illustrations, which received their names from the gold leaf used originally to accent the pages for a luminous and reflective effect. With 25 to 50 editions of some of these book and in various languages, he has thousands of books in libraries and homes around the world. The 1903 “Bibliomaniac” collection was a limited to ten copies, each hand-bound and illustrated and created specifically as a collector's piece recently selling for $5,000 at auction. A total of 54 illustrations were done by American artist John French Sloan. The two men had much in common as their subjects were the common working people. In 1904 Sloan made an etching of an elderly de Kock sitting in a chair holding a cane between his legs and left elbow resting on a table; it was printed in black ink on wove paper. Based on his novels, he wrote several dramas. There are two complete English translations of his work with one in 1902 and the other in 1903. His “Memories” was published in 1873.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Paul de Kock (21 May 1793–29 Aug 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8561, citing Cimetiere des Lilas, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .