Charles Vildrac

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Charles Vildrac (November 22, 1882 – June 25, 1971), born "Charles Messager",[1] was a French libertarian playwright, poet and author of what some consider the first modern children's novel, L'Île rose (1924).

Born in Paris, Vildrac's first poems were written when he was a teenager in the 1890s. In 1901 he published Le Verlibrisme, a defense of traditional verse. In 1912 he published a collection of prose poems.[1]

He was a member of the l'Abbaye de Créteil which he founded with Georges Duhamel. He died in Saint-Tropez.

The Prix de poésie Charles Vildrac is named for him.

Works[edit]

  • Poèmes (1905)
  • Images et mirages (1907), poems
  • Livre d'amour (1910), poems
  • Notes sur la technique poétique (1910), Notes on Poetic Technique, with Georges Duhamel
  • Chants du désespéré (1914–20) (1920), Songs of a Desperate Man, poems
  • Découverte (1912), récit novel
  • Chants du désespéré (1920), poems
  • Le Paquebot Tenacity (1920; lit. S.S. Tenacity), theatre play
  • L'Indigent (1920), theatre play
  • Michel Auclair (1921)
  • L'Île rose (1924), children's novel, lit. The Pink Island, translated as Rose Island
  • Poèmes de l'Abbaye (1925), poems
  • Madame Béliard (1925), theatre play
  • Prolongement (1927), poems
  • D’un voyage au Japon (1927), travel story
  • La Brouille (1930), The Misunderstanding, theatre play
  • La Colonie (1930), children's novel (sequel to L'Île rose)
  • Les Lunettes du lion (1932), children's tale
  • La famille Moineau (1932), children's tale
  • Le Jardinier de Samos (1932), theatre play
  • Milot (1933), children's tale
  • Bridinette (1935), children's tale
  • Poucette (1936), theatre play
  • L'œuvre peinte d'Eugène Dabit (1937), monographie
  • Russie neuve (1938), travel story
  • L'Air du temps (1938), theatre play
  • Trois mois de prison (1942)
  • L'Honneur des poètes (1943]), volume of poems published by the French Resistance; Vildrac's contribution appears under the pseudonym Robert Barade
  • Lazare (1945), in Chroniques de Minuit, Les Éditions de Minuit, p.15-39
  • Les Pères ennemis (1946), The Enemy Fathers, theatre play
  • D'après l'écho (1949)
  • Amadou le Bouquillon (1951), children's tale
  • Les Jouets du Père Noël (1952), The Toys of Father Christmas
  • Pages de journal (1968)

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b 1971 Britannica Book of the Year (for events of 1971), "Obituaries 1971" article, page 532, "Vildrac, Charles" item
  • France, Peter (Ed.) (1995). The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-19-866125-8.