Paul Adam (French novelist)

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Paul Adam before 1904; Photo of Nadar
Paul Adam, woodcut by Félix Vallotton

Paul Auguste Marie Adam (7 December 1862 – 1 January 1920) was a French novelist who became an early proponent of Symbolism in France, and one of the founders of the Symbolist review Le Symboliste.[1]

Career[edit]

Adam's first novel, Chair molle ("Soft Flesh"), was the story of a prostitute in the Naturalist manner, which led to him being prosecuted for immorality before the Cour d'assises and sentenced to a fortnight in prison and a 500-franc fine.[2] Together with Jean Moréas, he co-wrote Les Demoiselles Goubert, a novel that marked the transition between Naturalism and Symbolism in French literature.[citation needed] His Lettres de Malaisie (1897) was speculative fiction about politics in the future.[1] He also wrote a series of historical novels that dealt with the period of the Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath; the first installment in the series, La Force, was published in 1899. It was followed by L'enfant d'Austerlitz (1901), La ruse (1902) and Au soleil de Juillet (1903).[1] His novel Stephanie, which appeared in 1913, argued in favour of arranged marriages as opposed to those founded on romantic attachments.[citation needed] His work was part of the literature event in the art competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics.[3]

He was born and died in Paris.[4]

Works[edit]

  • Chair molle (1885)
  • Soi (1886)
  • Les Demoiselles Goubert (with Jean Moréas, 1886)
  • Le Thé chez Miranda (with Jean Moréas, 1886)
  • La glèbe (1887)
  • Les Volontés merveilleuses: Être (1888)
  • Les Volontés merveilleuses: L'essence de soleil (1890)
  • Les Volontés merveilleuses: en décor (1890)
  • L'Époque: Le Vice filial (1891)
  • L'Époque: Robes rouges (1891)
  • L'Époque: Les Cœurs utiles (1892)
  • L'Automne (1893, a censored play)
  • Le Conte futur (1893)
  • Critique des mœurs (1893)
  • Les Images sentimentales (1893)
  • Princesses byzantines (1893)
  • La Parade amoureuse (1894)
  • Le Mystère des foules (1895)
  • Les Cœurs nouveaux (1896)
  • La Force du mal (1896)
  • L'Année de Clarisse (1897, illustrated by Gaston Darbour)
  • La bataille d'Uhde (1897)
  • Le Vice filial (1898, illustrated by Jan Dědina)
  • Le Temps et la Vie:
  1. La Force (1899)
  2. L'Enfant d'Austerlitz (1901)
  3. La Ruse, 1827-1828 (1903)
  4. Au soleil de juillet, 1829-1830 (1903)
  • Basile et Sophia (1901)
  • Lettres de Malaisie (1898)
  • Le Troupeau de Clarisse (1904)
  • Le Serpent noir (1905)
  • Vues d'Amérique (1906)
  • Clarisse et l'homme heureux (1907)
  • La Morale des Sports (1907)
  • La cité prochaine (1908)
  • Les Impérialismes et la morale des peuples (1908)
  • Le Malaise du monde latin (1910)
  • Le Trust (1910)
  • Contre l’Aigle (1910)
  • Stéphanie (1913)
  • Le Lion d'Arras (1919)
  • Notre Carthage (1922)
  • Dieu (1924, published posthumously in La Phalange)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Adam, Paul". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Vol. 1 (14 ed.). 1930. p. 149.
  2. ^ Robert Netz, Histoire de la censure dans l'édition (Presses Universitaires de France, 1997), p. 124.
  3. ^ "Paul Adam". Olympedia. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  4. ^ "Paul Adam". Encyclopædia Britannica.

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