Georges-Emmanuel Clancier

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Georges-Emmanuel Clancier

Georges-Emmanuel Clancier (born 3 May 1914) is a French poet, novelist, and journalist. He has won the Prix Goncourt (poetry), the Grand Prize of the Académie française, and the grand prize of the Société des gens de lettres.


Born in Limoges, Clancier was encouraged by professors in 1930. He began writing poems and, in 1933, to work for journals including Les Cahiers du Sud. He came in 1939 to Paris, but returned in 1940 in Limousin, studying at the Faculty of Arts at Poitiers and Toulouse, and met Joe Bousquet in Carcassonne. In 1940, he joined the editorial board of the journal Fontaine led in Algiers by Max-Pol Fouchet. In Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat (Haute-Vienne), he met Raymond Queneau, Michel Leiris, Lourmarin Claude Roy, Pierre Seghers, Loys Masson, Pierre Emmanuel and Max-Pol Fouchet. From 1942 to 1944, he collected and transmitted secretly in Algiers texts of writers of the French Resistance to occupied France.

After the Liberation, he was responsible for programs on Radio-Limoges, and was a journalist for the Populaire du Centre. He wrote articles and made extensive comments on the radio, of the work of Maurice Boitel, who came to paint in the region. He founded, with Robert Margerit and Rene Rougerie, the magazine Centres, then edited a collection of poems, manuscripts, poetry and criticism, in Rougerie (including poems by Claude Roy, Jean Lescure, Boris Vian).

From 1955 to 1970, he worked in Paris as secretary general of the programming committees of the Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française, (which then became the ORTF). In 1956 he published Le Pain noir, a series of novels in which he told, until 1961, the story of his family, and his maternal grandmother, an illiterate shepherd. Le Pain noir, was adapted for television in 1974, by Françoise Verny and Serge Moati. He knew well Albert Chaminade (1912-2009) on Limoges

He was President of the PEN of France from 1976 to 1979, where he worked in the defense of writers threatened, detained, deported or exiled. In 1980 he was Vice-President of the French Commission for UNESCO, in 1987 Vice President of International PEN, and chairman of the House of Writers which was founded in 1986 to 1990. He turned 100 in May 2014.[1]

He knew Albert Chaminade (1912-2009) an accomplished athlete whose basketball since he was a player of the CSP Limoges in the 1920s or 1940s, Director, Dean of the Medals of Youth, Sports and the involvement of the Haute- Vienna, then resistant during the Second World War and politician on Limoges for Louis Longequeue.




  • Temps des héros, Cahiers de l'École de Rochefort, 1943.
  • Le Paysan céleste, Marseille, Robert Laffont, 1943.
  • Journal parlé, Limoges, Rougerie, 1949.
  • Terre secrète, Paris, Seghers, 1951.
  • L'Autre rive, Limoges, Rougerie, 1952.
  • Vrai visage, Paris, Seghers, 1953; Paris, Robert Laffont, 1965.
  • Une Voix, Paris, Gallimard (Prix Artaud 1957).
  • Évidences, Paris, Mercure de France, 1960.
  • Terres de Mémoire, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1965.
  • Le Siècle et l'espace, Marc Pessein, 1970.
  • Peut-être une demeure, précédé d' Écriture des jours, Paris, Gallimard, 1972.
  • Le Voyage analogique, Paris, Jean Briance, 1976.
  • Oscillante parole, Paris, Gallimard, 1978.
  • Mots de l'Aspre, Georges Badin, 1980.
  • Le Poème hanté, Paris, Gallimard, 1983.
  • Le Paysan céleste, suivi de Chansons sur porcelaine, Notre temps, Écriture des jours, préface de Pierre Gascar, Paris, Poésie Gallimard, 1984.
  • L'Orée, Luxembourg, Euroeditor, 1987.
  • Tentative d'un cadastre amoureux, Ottawa (Canada), Écrits des Forges, 1989.
  • Passagers du temps, Paris, Gallimard, 1991.
  • Contre-Chants, Paris, Gallimard, 2001.
  • Terres de mémoire suivi de Vrai visage, Paris, La Table Ronde, coll. poche La Petite vermillon n° 187, 2003, 288 p. (ISBN 2710325683).
  • Le Paysan céleste - Notre part d'or et d'ombre (poèmes 1950-2000), préface d'André Dhôtel, Paris, Poésie/Gallimard, 2008.
  • Vive fut l'aventure, Paris, Gallimard, 2008.


  • Quadrille sur la tour, Alger, Edmond Charlot, 1942 puis Mercure de France 1963
  • La Couronne de vie, Paris, Edmond Charlot, 1946
  • Dernière heure, Paris, Gallimard, 1951; Éditions du Rocher, 1998
  • Le Pain noir (I), Paris, Robert Laffont, 1956
  • La Fabrique du roi (II), Paris, Robert Laffont, 1957
  • Les Drapeaux de la ville (III), Paris, Robert Laffont, 1959
  • La Dernière Saison (IV), Paris, Robert Laffont, 1961
  • Les Incertains, Paris, Seghers, 1965; Paris, Robert Laffont, 1970
  • L'Éternité plus un jour, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1969; La Table Ronde, 2005
  • La Halte dans l'été, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1976
  • Le Pain noir, La Fabrique du roi, Tome I, Les Drapeaux de la ville, La dernière saison, Tome II, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1991
  • Une Ombre Sarrasine, Paris, Albin Michel, 1996


  • La Couleuvre du dimanche, Nice, Méditerranea, 1937
  • Le Parti des enfants, Paris, Les Œuvres libres n°137, Arthème Fayard, 1957
  • Le Baptême, Paris, Les Œuvres libres n° 156, Arthème Fayard, 1959
  • Les Arènes de Vérone, Paris, Robert Laffont, 1964
  • L'Enfant de neige, Paris, Casterman, 1978
  • L'Enfant qui prenait le vent, Paris, Casterman, 1984


  • Ces ombres qui m'éclairent:
    • L'Enfant double, Paris, Albin Michel, 1984
    • L'Ecolier des rêves, Paris, Albin Michel, 1986
    • Un Jeune Homme au secret, Paris, Albin Michel, 1989


  1. ^ Lemaire, France (2014-05-03). "Georges-Emmanuel Clancier fête aujourd'hui ses 100 ans !" (in French). Limousin. Retrieved 2014-05-07.