Henry Bordeaux

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Henry Bordeaux
Henry Bordeaux 1919.jpg
Henry Bordeaux in 1919
Born25 January 1870
Died29 March 1963 (1963-03-30) (aged 93)
Paris, France
OccupationWriter, lawyer

Henry Bordeaux (25 January 1870 – 29 March 1963) was a French writer and lawyer.

Bordeaux came from a family of lawyers of Savoy. He was born in Thonon-les-Bains, Haute-Savoie. His grandfather was a magistrate and his father served on the Chambéry bar. During his early life, he relocated between Savoy and Paris and the tensions between provincial and city life influenced his writings. In his professional life he observed closely the dissolution of numerous families and analysed the causes and consequences of these. From the age of seventeen he spent three years in Paris studying law. Then he returned to practice law in Savoy. He returned to Paris after the publication of his first book during 1894. When his father died in 1896 he returned to Savoy.

The writings of Bordeaux reflect the values of traditional provincial Catholic communities. One recurring theme is loyalty. Loyalty is pervasive, and it applies to family, country and God. This theme is particularly evidenced in the novels "La Peur de vivre" and "Les Roquevillard."

Bordeaux was elected to the Académie française on 22 May 1919. This elite group of writers, popularly known as the "immortals," are responsible for establishing and maintaining the grammar, usage and acceptance of vocabulary into standard French.

He was a contributor to Le Visage de l'Italie, a 1929 book about Italy prefaced by Benito Mussolini.[1]

Bordeaux died in Paris in 1963.


  • Le Pays natal (1900)
  • La Peur de vivre (1902)
  • La Petite mademoiselle (1905)
  • Les Roquevillard (1906)
  • Les Yeux qui s’ouvrent (1908)
  • La Croisée des chemins (1909)
  • La Robe de laine (1910)
  • La Neige sur les pas (1911)
  • La Maison (1913)
  • La Résurrection de la chair (1920)
  • Yamilé sous les cèdres (1923)
  • La Chartreuse du Reposoir (1924)
  • Le Cœur et le sang (1925)
  • Le Bouquet Rouge (1926)
  • La Revenante (1932)
  • Le Cœur de la Reine Hortense (1933)


  1. ^ Le Visage de l'Italie, publié sous la direction littéraire de Gabriel Faure. Préface de Benito Mussolini. - Paul Bourget, Henri de Régnier, Henry Bordeaux, Georges Goyau, Pierre de Nolhac, de l'Académie française ; Gérard d'Houville et Marcelle Vioux, Marcel Boulenger, Gabriel Faure, Paul Guiton, Ernest Lémonon, Eugène Marsan, Maurice Mignon, Ed. Schneider, J.-L. Vaudoyer. OCLC 459498990.

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