Fortuné du Boisgobey

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Fortuné du Boisgobey
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Fortuné du Boisgobey
Born Fortuné Hippolyte Auguste Castille
(1821-09-11)11 September 1821
Granville, France
Died (1891-02-26)26 February 1891 (age 69)
Paris, France
Occupation Novelist
Nationality French
Genre Crime fiction, Detective fiction, Historical fiction, Sensation novel
Notable works The Convict Colonel, The Chevalier Casse-Cou, The Old Age of Monsieur Lecoq, An Omnibus Mystery,The Severed Hand

Fortuné Hippolyte Auguste Abraham-Dubois (11 September 1821 – 26 February 1891), under the nom de plume Fortuné du Boisgobey, was a French novelist.


Fortuné du Boisgobey was born at Granville (Manche), and graduated from the Lycée Saint-Louis.[1] He served as paymaster to the Army of Africa through several campaigns in Algeria from 1844 to 1848.[2] His parents were wealthy, yet at forty or upwards, he took to writing.[1]

In 1843, using the name Fortuné Abraham-Dubois, he made his literary debut in the Journal d'Avranches with a series entitled Lettres de Sicile recounting a voyage he had taken the year before.[3] His first successful novel, Les Deux comédiens appeared in 1868, under the du Boisgobey pen name in the Petit Journal.[4] The story was popular, and M. Paul Dalloz of the Petit Moniteur signed a contract with the author for seven years at 12,000ƒ a year.[1] His reputation was increased by the publication of Une Affaire mystérieuse and Le Forçat colonel, both published there in 1869.[4] In 1877, Figaro engaged him for a series of novels, which increased the success of that paper.[1] He was prolific, with more than sixty works to his name, and became one of the most popular feuilleton writers. [2] In 1885 and 1886 he was President of the Committee of the Société des gens de lettres.[4] Du Boisgobey died in 1891 after a long illness.


First UK edition of A Railway Tragedy in wraps.

Du Boisgobey was the chief of the followers of Émile Gaboriau, with whom his name is generally associated.[4] He even wrote a sequel, La Vieillesse de M. Lecoq, using Gaboriau's character Monsieur Lecoq in 1877-78.[5] His novels deal with crime, the police, and Parisian life. They had a high circulation, and the greater part of them have been translated into English.

English translations exist for the following works.


  1. ^ a b c d Notes 1891.
  2. ^ a b Chisholm 1911.
  3. ^ Chevrier 1997.
  4. ^ a b c d Moon 1891.
  5. ^ Lai 2004.


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