Émile Fabre

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Émile Fabre in 1917

Émile Fabre (24 March 1869 in Metz, France – 25 September 1955 in Paris) was a French playwright and general administrator of the Comédie-Française from 2 December 1915 to 15 October 1936. He was greatly influenced by Balzac as a young man, and most of his best-known plays deal with the sacrifice of personal happiness to the pursuit of wealth.[1] He also wrote the libretto for Xavier Leroux's opera Les cadeaux de Noël (The Christmas Gifts) which was a great success when it premiered in Paris in 1915.[2]


Fabre's plays include:[1]

  • L'Argent (Money), 1895
  • La Vie publique (Public Life), 1901
  • Les Ventres dorés (Gilded Stomachs), 1905
  • Les Sauterelles (The Locusts), 1911


  1. ^ a b Garreau, Joseph E. (1984). "Fabre, Émile" in Stanley Hochman (ed.) McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama, Vol. 1, p. 136. ISBN 0070791694
  2. ^ Le Figaro (13 April 1917). "Courrier des Théâtres", p. 4 (French)