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Bernard Noël

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Bernard Noël

Bernard Noël (19 November 1930 – 13 April 2021)[1] was a French writer and poet. He received the Grand Prix national de la poésie (National Grand Prize of Poetry) in 1992 and the Prix Robert Ganzo (Robert Ganzo Prize) in 2010.[2]


Noël published his first book of poetry, Les Yeux Chimeres, in 1955.[3] This was followed by the prose poems Extraits du corps (Essence of the body or Extracts from the text) in 1958.[4]

He then waited nine years before publishing his next book, La Face de silence (The Face of Silence, 1967), and eventually the controversial Le Château de Cène (Castle supper, 1969), erotic fiction that has been read as a protest against the war in Algeria.[5] Noël is also known for his artists' books in collaboration with Gérard Serée.[6] He also kept up a correspondence with the Italian poet Nella Nobili when she moved to Paris.[7]


  1. ^ "L'Écrivain Bernard Noël est mort". Le Monde.fr. 14 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Six prix littéraires remis au festival Étonnants Voyageurs de Saint-Malo" (in French). Agence Bretagne Presse. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  3. ^ Rothwell, Andrew (July 2007). "From aquarium to anatomist's table: Les Yeux Chimeres and the early poetics of Bernard Noel". Modern Language Review. 102 (3): 701–722. doi:10.2307/20467429. JSTOR 20467429. S2CID 163614355.
  4. ^ "Bernard Noël, vers de l'humain en formation". L'Humanité (in French). 23 June 2005. Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Points chauds". L'Humanité (in French). 1 March 2010. Archived from the original on 9 June 2011. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  6. ^ Gerard Seree, Notes of biography, Gallery Michelle Champetier, 2020
  7. ^ "Ressource «Nobili, Nella (1926-1985)» -". Mnesys (in French). Retrieved 13 February 2022.