Pierre Benoit (novelist)

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Pierre Benoit in 1932

Pierre Benoit (16 July 1886 - 3 March 1962) was a French novelist and member of the Académie française.[1]

Pierre Benoit, born in Albi (southern France) was the son of a French soldier. Benoit spent his early years and military service in Northern Africa, before becoming a civil servant.[2] His first novel, Koenigsmark, was published in 1918; L'Atlantide was published the next year and was awarded the Grand Prize of the Académie française.[2] Benoit became a member of the Académie in 1931.[2]

A political right-winger, Benoit was an admirer of the French fascist Charles Maurras.[2] During the Nazi Occupation of France, Benoît joined the "Groupe Collaboration", a pro-Nazi arts group whose other members included Abel Bonnard, Georges Claude and Pierre Drieu La Rochelle.[3] This led him to be arrested in September 1944; he was eventually released after six months, but his work remained on the "blacklist" of French Nazi collaborators for several years afterwards.[2]

Late in his life, Benoit gave a series of interviews with the French writer Paul Guimard.[2]

He died in March 1962 in Ciboure.


  • Koenigsmark (1918)
  • L'Atlantide (1919; transl. as Atlantida, 1920)
  • La Chaussée des Géants (The Giant's Causeway) (1922)
  • L'Oublié (The Forgotten Man) (1922)
  • Mademoiselle de La Ferté (1923)
  • La Châtelaine du Liban (fr) (Lebanon's Lady of the Manor) (1924)
  • Le Puits de Jacob (Jacob's Well) (1925)
  • Alberte (1926)
  • Le Roi Lépreux (The Leper King) (2016)
  • Axelle (1928)
  • Le Soleil de Minuit (The Midnight Sun) (1930)
  • Boissière (1935)
  • La Dame de l'Ouest (1936)
  • L'Homme qui était trop grand (The Man Who Was Too Tall) (1936)
  • Les Compagnons d'Ulysse (1937)
  • Bethsabée (1938)
  • Les Environs d'Aden (1940)
  • Lunegarde (Moonkeep) (1942)
  • L'Oiseau des Ruines (Bird of the Ruins) (1947)
  • Aïno (1948)
  • Les Agriates (1950)
  • La Sainte Vehme (The Holy Vehme) (1954), illustrated by Jean Dries
  • Villeperdue (Lost City) (1954)
  • Montsalvat (1999)




  1. ^ French Twentieth Bibliography: Critical and Bibliographical William J. Thompson - 2001... - Page 17210 "Maltère, Stéphane: "Le monde littéraire antique dans L'Atlantide de Pierre Benoit, " Cahiers des Amis de Poirre Boneit Frenchaises, no. 10 (1999), 21-30. [BNF] X1361. Monestier, Louis: "Histoire de l'association des 'Amis de Pierre Benoit'. Première partie ..."
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hugo Frey, "Afterword" to The Queen of Atlantis, Bison Books, ISBN 0803269161, (p.289-312)
  3. ^ Karen Fiss, Grand Illusion: The Third Reich, the Paris Exposition, and the Cultural Seduction of France. University of Chicago Press, 2009 ISBN 0226252019, (p.201)

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