Jean Lorrain

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Jean Lorrain
Lorrain, Jean.jpg
Born Paul Alexandre Martin Duval
(1855-08-09)9 August 1855
Fécamp, France
Died 30 June 1906(1906-06-30) (aged 50)
Fécamp, France
Resting place Cimetière de Fécamp (Fécamp), Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie Region, France
Occupation Poet and novelist
Nationality French
Notable work(s) Monsieur de Phocas
Princesses d'ivoire et d'ivresse
Histoires de masques

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Jean Lorrain, as caricatured by Sem (Georges Goursat, 1863–1934)

Jean Lorrain (August 9, 1855 in Fécamp, Seine-Maritime – June 30, 1906) born Paul Duval, was a French poet and novelist of the Symbolist school.

Lorrain was a dedicated disciple of dandyism, and openly gay. He contributed to the satirical weekly Le Courrier français. Lorrain wrote a number of collections of verse, including La forêt bleue (1883) and L'ombre ardente, (1897). He is also remembered for his decadent novels and short stories, such as Monsieur de Phocas (1901) and Histoires des masques (1900), as well as for one of his best novels, Sonyeuse, which he links to portraits exhibited by Antonio de La Gandara in 1893. He also wrote the libretto to Pierre de Bréville's 1910 opera Éros vainqueur.

Works[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • Le Sang des dieux (1882)
  • La Forêt bleue (1882)
  • Modernités (1885)
  • Les Griseries (1887)
  • L'Ombre ardente (1897) online text

Novels[edit]

Novellas[edit]

  • Sonyeuse (1891) online text
  • Buveurs d'âmes (1893)
  • La Princesse sous verre (1896)
  • Âmes d'automne (1897)
  • Loreley (1897)
  • Contes pour lire à la chandelle (1897)
  • Ma petite ville (1898)
  • Princesses d'Italie (1898)
  • Histoires de masques (1900) online text
  • Princesses d'ivoire et d'ivresse (1902)
  • Vingt femmes (1903)
  • Quelques hommes (1903)
  • La Mandragore (1903) online text
  • Fards et poisons (1904) online text
  • Propos d'âmes simples (1904)
  • L'École des vieilles femmes (1905)
  • Le Crime des riches (1906) online text
  • Narkiss (1909)
  • Les Pelléastres (1910)

Stage[edit]

Chronicles and travel writing[edit]

  • Dans l'oratoire (1888)
  • La Petite Classe (1895)
  • Sensations et souvenirs (1895) online text
  • Une femme par jour (1896) online text
  • Poussières de Paris (1896–1902) online text
  • Madame Baringhel (1899)
  • Heures d'Afrique (1899) online text
  • Heures de Corse (1905) online text
  • La Ville empoisonnée (1930)
  • Femmes de 1900 (1932)
  • Voyages, (2009), Les Promeneurs solitaires, préface de Sébastien Paré.

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