Émile Gaboriau

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Émile Gaboriau
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Born (1832-11-09)November 9, 1832
Saujon, France
Died September 28, 1873(1873-09-28) (aged 40)
Paris, France
Genres Detective fiction
Notable work(s) Monsieur Lecoq (1868)

Émile Gaboriau (November 9, 1832 – September 28, 1873), was a French writer, novelist, and journalist, and a pioneer of detective fiction.

Life[edit]

Gaboriau was born in the small town of Saujon, Charente-Maritime. He became a secretary to Paul Féval, and after publishing some novels and miscellaneous writings, found his real gift in L'Affaire Lerouge (1866).

The book, which was Gaboriau's first detective novel, introduced an amateur detective. It also introduced a young police officer named Monsieur Lecoq, who was the hero in three of Gaboriau's later detective novels. The character of Lecoq was based on a real-life thief turned police officer, Eugène François Vidocq (1775–1857), whose own memoirs, Les Vrais Mémoires de Vidocq, mixed fiction and fact. It may also have been influenced by the villainous Monsieur Lecoq, one of the main protagonists of Féval's Les Habits Noirs book series.

The book was published in "Le Siècle" and at once made his reputation. Gaboriau gained a huge following, but when Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes[verification needed][verification needed], Monsieur Lecoq's international fame declined. The story was produced on the stage in 1872. A long series of novels dealing with the annals of the police court followed, and proved very popular. Gaboriau died in Paris of pulmonary apoplexy.

Gaboriau's books were generally well received. About the Mystery of the Orcival, Harper's wrote in 1872 "Of its class of romance - French sensational - this is a remarkable and unique specimen".[1] A film version of Le Dossier n° 113 (File No. 113) was released in 1932.[2]

Work[edit]

  • Le treizième Hussards (1861) - The 13th Hussars
  • Mariages d'aventure (1862)
    • Monsieur J.-D. de Saint-Roch, ambassadeur matrimonial - The Matrimonial Ambassador: Monsieur J. D. de Saint-Roch
    • Promesses de mariage - Promises of Marriage
  • Les Gens de Bureau (1862) - The Men of the Bureau
  • Les comédiennes adorées (1863)
  • L'Affaire Lerouge (1866) - The Widow Lerouge / The Lerouge Affair
  • Le Crime d'Orcival (1867) - The Mystery of Orcival
  • Le Dossier n° 113 (1867) - File No. 113 / The Blackmailers
  • Les Esclaves de Paris (1868, 2 vol.) - Slaves of Paris
    • Le Chantage - Caught in the Net
    • Le Secret de la Maison de Champdoce - The Champdoce Mystery
  • Monsieur Lecoq (1869, 2 vol.)
    • L'Enquête - The Inquiry / Monsieur Lecoq / The Detective's Dilemma
    • L'Honneur du nom - The Honor of the Name / The Detective's Triumph
  • La Vie infernale (1870, 2 vol.) - The Count's Millions
    • Pascal et Marguerite - The Count's Millions
    • Lia d'Argeles - Baron Trigault's Vengeance
  • La Clique dorée (1871) - The Clique of Gold / The Gilded Clique
  • La Dégringolade (1872) - Catastrophe / The Downward Path
  • La Corde au cou (1873) - Rope Around His Neck / In Peril of His Life / In Deadly Peril
  • L'Argent des autres (1874) - Other People's Money / A Great Robbery
  • Le Petit Vieux des Batignolles (1876) - The Little Old Man of Batignolles
  • Le Capitaine Coutanceau (1878) - Captain Coutanceau
  • Une Disparition (1876) - A Disappearance / Missing! / 1000 Francs Reward
  • Maudite maison (1876) - The Unfortunate House
  • Casta vixit (1876) - Love, the Conqueror
  • Amours d'une empoisonneuse (1881) - Intrigues of a Poisoner / An Adventuress of France / The Marquise De Brinvilliers

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