Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé

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Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé
Eugene-Melchior de Vogüé, photo by Nadar.
Eugene-Melchior de Vogüé, photo by Nadar.
BornMarie-Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé
(1848-02-25)25 February 1848
Nice, Kingdom of Sardinia
Died29 March 1910(1910-03-29) (aged 62)
Paris, France
OccupationDiplomat, archaeologist, philanthropist and literary critic
Notable worksThe Russian Novel (1886)

Marie-Eugène-Melchior, vicomte de Vogüé (25 February 1848 – 29 March 1910) was a French diplomat, Orientalist, travel writer, archaeologist, philanthropist and literary critic.


Born in Nice, France, he served in the Franco-Prussian War, and at the conclusion of the war entered the diplomatic service of the Third Republic, being appointed successively attaché to the legations in the Ottoman Empire and Egypt, then secretary to the embassy in Saint Petersburg.[1] He resigned in 1882,[2] and from 1893 to 1898 served as representative of Ardèche to the French National Assembly.[3]

His connection with the Revue des deux mondes began in 1873 with his Voyage en Syrie et en Palestine, and subsequently he was a frequent contributor. He did much to awaken French interest in the intellectual life of other countries, especially of Russia, his sympathy with which was strengthened by his marriage in 1878 with a Russian lady, the sister of General Michael Nicolaivitch Annenkoff; De Vogüé was practically the first to draw French attention to Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Many consider de Vogüé's essay to be the first major examination of the novelist's work.[4]

Eugène-Melchior was also a brother-in-law of Karl de Struve, Russian Ambassador to Japan, the United States, and the Netherlands.

He became a member of the Académie française in 1888. His uncle, Melchior de Vogüé, also served in the academy concurrently for a few years.

In 1897, he wrote a short series of books concerning the War of the Spanish Succession.


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  1. ^ Gosse, Edmund (1913). "Eugène Melchior de Vogué." In: Portraits and Sketches. London: William Heinemann, p. 250.
  2. ^ Gosse (1913), p. 254.
  3. ^ Gosse (1913), p. 264.
  4. ^ Röhl, Magnus (1976). Le Roman Russe de Eugène Melchior de Vogüé. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell.
  5. ^ Biré, Edmond (1890). "Un Académicien d'Aujourd'hui: Le Vicomte Melchior de Vogué." In: Histoire et Littérature. Lyon: Librairie Générale Catholique et Classique, pp. 341–357.
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Eugène-Melchior, Vicomte de Vogüé". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.

Further reading[edit]

  • Blaze de Bury, Yetta (1898). "Eugène-Melchior de Vogüé." In: French Literature of Today. Boston and New York: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, pp. 133–155.
  • Rod, Édouard (1892). "Le Vicomte E.M. de Vogüé." In: Les Idées Morales du Temps Présent. Paris: Perrin, pp. 263–289.
  • Seillière, Ernest (1938). "Eugène Melchior de Vogüe et les Problèmes Sociaux du Temps Présent." In: Le Naturalisme de Montaigne et Autres Essais. Paris: Éditions de la Nouvelle Revue Critique, pp. 135–182.

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