Jean Schlumberger

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Jean Schlumberger (Theo van Rysselberghe,1914)

Jean Schlumberger (26 May 1877 – 25 October 1968) was a French writer and journalist. He was born in Guebwiller, Alsace-Lorraine, and died in Paris.


Pierre Conrad Nicolas Jean Schlumberger was the son of Paul Schlumberger, the scion of a textile manufacturing family of German origin, and Marguerite de Witt, the granddaughter of François Guizot. Two of his brothers, Conrad and Marcel, founded the Schlumberger company.

Jean Schlumberger is best known as a writer of novels, plays and books of poetry. He was co-founder (with André Gide and Gaston Gallimard) of the Nouvelle Revue Française, a French literary journal. He counted the famous writer Marguerite Yourcenar among his friends. His non-fiction, especially his autobiography, Éveils, has been neglected by critics and literary historians.


  • La mort de Sparte (The Death of Sparta). This play premièred at the Théâtre du Vieux-Colombier in Paris in 1921, and was not well received by the critics or the public.
  • Césaire, play.
  • Les fils Louverné, play.
  • Le camarade infidèle (The Unfaithful Friend), novel, 1922.
  • Plaisir à Corneille – Promenade Anthologique, 1936.
  • Saint Saturnin (English title: The Seventh Age or Saint Saturnin), 1932.
  • Le lion devenu vieux (The Lion Grown Old)

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