Albert Millaud

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Albert Millaud

Albert Millaud was a French journalist, writer and stage author, born in Paris, 13 January 1844, and died in the same city on 23 October 1892.[1]

Life and career[edit]

He was the son of the banker Moïse Millaud, the founder of Le Petit Journal.[2]

He studied law (obtaining his doctorate in 1866),[1] but turned his energies to literature and in 1865 published a volume of poetry entitled Fantaisies de jeunesse.

Under the pseudonym Oronte, he wrote articles for La Gazette de Hollande and La Revue de poche which he founded with Abel d’Avrecourt.

For his daily articles in Le Figaro, where he covered parliamentary affairs, he also used the pseudonyms[3] La Bruyère, Saint-Simon, Paul Hémery, Lafontaine and Baron Grimm.

Millaud's first play, written in 1872, was Le Péché véniel. He was the author of the libretto for several opérettes for Jacques Offenbach, Charles Lecocq and Hervé. He married the singer Anna Judic,[4] for whom he wrote Lilli, Niniche, La Roussotte, La Femme à papa and most memorably Mam'zelle Nitouche (in collaboration with Henri Meilhac).

He became a chevalier de la Légion d'honneur in 1877.

Works[edit]

Theatre[edit]

  • 1872: Le Péché véniel, one-act verse play
  • 1873: Plutus in collaboration with Gaston Jollivet (later an opéra comique, see below)
  • 1877: La Farce de la femme muette, after Rabelais, first performed at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin
  • 1877: Le Collier d'or, one-act verse play
  • 1882: Lili, comédie-vaudeville in 3 acts, with Alfred Hennequin et Ernest Blum, first performed in Paris at the Théâtre des Variétés on 11 January 1882
  • 1891: Le Fiacre 117, play in three acts, with Émile de Najac

Music[edit]

Literature[edit]

  • 1865: Fantaisies de jeunesse - Librairie du Petit Journal
  • 1866: Physiologies parisiennes under the pseudonym « La Bruyère ». 120 dessins de Caran d'Ache
  • 1869-1872: Petite Némésis
  • 1873: Voyage d’un fantaisiste : Vienne, le Danube, Constantinople
  • 1876: Lettres du Baron Grimm : Souvenirs, Historiettes et Anecdotes parlementaires
  • 1878: Les Petites Comédies de la politique
  • La Comédie du jour sous la république athénienne - Illustrations de Caran d’Ache.
  • Croquis parlementaire

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Entry in the catalogue of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, accessed 17 May 2016.
  2. ^ Yon, Jean-Claude. Jacques Offenbach. Éditions Gallimard, Paris, 2000, p. 493.
  3. ^ Georges d'Heylli, Dictionnaire des pseudonymes, Olms, 1887 (Slatkine, 1971).
  4. ^ Jacques Rouchouse, Hervé, le père de l'opérette : 50 ans de folies parisiennes - éd. Maule, 1994.