Portrait of René Bazin, by Pirot
|Born||René François Nicolas Marie Bazin
26 December 1853
|Died||20 July 1932
|Pen name||Bernard Seigny|
|Alma mater||Catholic University of the West|
|Notable works||Une Tache d'Encre (1888), Sicile (1892), La Terre qui Meurt (1899), Les Nouveaux Oberlé (1919)|
|Notable awards||Prix Vitet|
Born at Angers, he studied law in Paris, and on his return to Angers became Professor of Law in the Catholic university. In 1876, Bazin married Aline Bricard. The couple had two sons and six daughters. He contributed to Parisian journals a series of sketches of provincial life and descriptions of travel, and wrote Stephanette (1884), but he made his reputation with Une Tache d'Encre (A Spot of Ink) (1888), which received a prize from the Academy. He was admitted to the Académie française on 28 April 1904, to replace Ernest Legouvé.
- Les Noëllet (1890; English tr., This, My Son, 1908)
- La Sarcelle Bleue (1892)
- Madame Corentine (1893; English tr., Those of his own Household, 1914)
- Humble Amour (1894)
- De toute son âme (1897; English tr., Redemption, 1908)
- La Terre qui Meurt (1899; English tr., Autumn Glory, 1901), a picture of the decay of peasant farming set in La Vendée; it was an indirect plea for the development of provincial France
- Les Oberlé (1901; English tr., Children of Alsace), a story which was dramatized and acted in the following year
- L'Âme Alsacienne (1903)
- Donatienne (1903)
- L'Isolée (1905; English tr., The Nun, 1908)
- Le blé qui lève (1907; English tr., The Coming Harvest, 1908)
- Mémoires d'une vieille fille (1908)
- La Barrière (1910; English tr., The Barrier)
- Davidée Birot (1912; English tr. by Mary D. Frost)
- Gingolph l'Abandonné (1914)
- La Closerie de Champsdolent (1917)
- Récits du Temps de Guerre (1919)
- Les Nouveaux Oberlé (1919), regarded as a masterpiece by some
- Le Mariage de Mlle. Gimel; La Barriére; La Douce France; Histoire de vingt quatre sonnettes; and Ferdinand Jacques Hervé Bazin (1921)
- Charles de Foucauld, Explorateur (1921; English tr., Charles de Foucauld, Hermit and Explorer, 1923)
A volume of Questions littéraires et sociales appeared in 1906. He also wrote books of travel, including a À l'aventure (1891), Sicile (1892), Terre d'Espagne (1896), and Croquis de France et d'Orient (1901). Nord-Sud Amérique, etc. (1913). Bazin is known to English and American readers for rendering the Italy of his time, The Italians of To-Day (1904).
After 1914 he published two volumes of war sketches, Pages religieuses (1915) and Aujourd'hui et demain (1916).
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- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Bazin, René". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Bazin, René". Encyclopædia Britannica (12th ed.). London & New York.
- Coll, Jessie Pauline (1936). The Novels of René Bazin. University of Oklahoma.
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