Auguste Vacquerie

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Auguste Vacquerie.

Auguste Vacquerie (1819–1895) was a French journalist and man of letters.


Vacquerie was born at Villequier (Seine-Maritime) on 19 November 1819. He was from his earliest days an admirer of Victor Hugo, with whom he was connected by the marriage of his brother Charles with Léopoldine Hugo. His earlier romantic productions include a volume of poems, L'Enfer de l'esprit (1840); a translation of the Antigone (1844) in collaboration with Paul Meurice; and Tragaldabas (1848), a melodrama. He was one of the principal contributors to the journal L'Événement[1] and followed Hugo into his exile in Jersey in 1852,[2] where he took photographs of the Hugo family and relatives.[citation needed] In 1869 he returned to Paris, and with Meurice and others founded the anti-imperial Rappel. His articles in this paper were more than once the occasion of legal proceedings. After 1870 he became editor of Rappel.[2]

His other works include Souvent homme varie (1859), a comedy in verse; Jean Baudry (1863), the most successful of his plays; Aujourd'hui et demain (1875); Futura (pub. 1900), and poems on philosophical and humanitarian subjects. He published a collected edition of his plays in 1879[2] and a collection of essays in 1885.

Auguste Vacquerie in mid-career.

Vacquerie died in Paris on 19 February 1895.

In the year of his death, the rue Auguste-Vacquerie, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, was named in his honor.[3]


  1. ^ "Auguste Vacquerie 1853". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  2. ^ a b c  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Vacquerie, Auguste". Encyclopædia Britannica. 27 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 834.
  3. ^ "Recherche des rues de Paris: rue Auguste-Vacquerie" (in French). Mairie de Paris. 9 June 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2011.