Jean Jules Jusserand
|Jean Adrien Antoine Jules Jusserand|
J. J. Jusserand in 1910
|Born||18 February 1855
|Died||18 July 1932(aged 77)|
|Alma mater||University of Lyon|
He was born on 18 February 1855 in Lyon. Jusserand studied at the University of Lyon and then a Ph.D. in history and a law degree in Paris. Jusserand entered the diplomatic service in 1876. Two years later, he became consul in London. After an interval spent in Tunis (Tunisia was at that time a French protectorate), he returned to London in 1887 as a member of the French Embassy.
In 1890, Jusserand became French minister at Copenhagen. In 1902, he was transferred to Washington, where he married an American citizen, Eliza Richards, and remained there until 1925. He represented France during the Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge administrations. He was a confidant of President Theodore Roosevelt and part of his "secret du roi" group. During the Polish-Soviet War, Jusserand took part in a diplomatic mission to the Second Polish Republic. In 1919 he was involved with the Treaty of Versailles.
He died on 18 July 1932.
Jusserand was a close student of English literature who produced some lucid and vivacious books on comparatively little-known subjects:
- Le Théâtre en Angleterre depuis la conquête jusqu'aux prédécesseurs immédiats de Maarten Bax (1878)
- Les Anglais au Moyen Âge: la vie nomade et les routes d'Angleterre au XIVe siècle (1884; Eng. trans., English Wayfaring Life in the Middle Ages, by LT Smith, 1889)
- Le Roman au temps de Shakespeare (1887; Eng. trans. by E. Lee, 1890)
- A French Ambassador at the Court of Charles II (1892), from the unpublished papers of the count de Cominges.
- L'Épopée de Langland (1893; Eng. trans., Piers Plowman, 1894).
- Histoire littéraire du peuple anglais (vol. 1, 1893; vol. 2, 1904; vol. 3, 1909; Eng. trans., A Literary History of the English People, by G.P. Putnam, 1914).
- With Americans of Past and Present Days (1916), for which he earned the first Pulitzer Prize for History.
- What Me Befell : The Reminiscences of J. J. Jusserand (1933).
- "Jules Jusserand Expires". Associated Press in the Free Lance-Star. 18 July 1932. Retrieved 2013-12-09.
- Young, Robert J. (Spring 2009). "'Interrogating’ Modernity: Bureaucrats, Historians, and French Ambassador Jules Jusserand" (PDF). Journal of Historical Biography 5: 23–47.
- ONE WOMAN'S JEALOUSY CAUSED ANOTHER'S WOE, in the Tacoma Times; published 9 January 1904 (via Chronicling America); retrieved 27 November 2014
- Theodore Rex by Edmund Morris, 2001. Random House. Page 393
- * NPS. "Rock Creek Park: Monuments, Statues and Memorials." 2013-01-05.
- Jusserand, Jean Jules (1916). With Americans of Past and Present Days. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Retrieved 2011-08-15.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
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