26 December 1853|
|Died||20 July 1932
René François Nicolas Marie Bazin (26 December 1853 – 20 July 1932) was a French novelist.
Born at Angers, he studied law in Paris, and on his return to Angers became Professor of Law in the Catholic university. 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.
- Les Noëllet (1890)
- La Sarcelle bleue (1892)
- Madame Corentine (1893)
- Humble Amour (1894)
- De toute son âme (1897)
- 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)
- Le blé qui lève (1907)
- Mémoires d'une vieille fille (1908)
- Davidée Birot (1912)
- Gingolph l'abandonné (1914)
- Mémoires d'une vieille fille (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)
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).
- 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.
- "Bazin, René". Encyclopædia Britannica (12th ed.). 1922.
- New International Encyclopedia
- Works by René Bazin at Project Gutenberg
- Online works in French on Ebooks
- The René Bazin society in France
- René Bazin's works on the reference site Open Library