Roland Dorgelès

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Roland Dorgelès
Roland Dorgelès b Meurisse 1923.jpg
Roland Dorgelès in 1923
Born Roland Lecavelé
15 June 1885
Amiens, Somme, France
Died 18 March 1973 (1973-03-19) (aged 87)
Occupation Author

Roland Dorgelès (French pronunciation: ​[dɔʁʒəlɛs]; 15 June 1885 – 18 March 1973) was a French novelist and a member of the Académie Goncourt.

Born in Amiens, Somme, under the name Roland Lecavelé (he adopted the pen name Dorgelès to commemorate visits to the spa town of Argelès), he spent his childhood in Paris.

A prolific author, he is most renowned for the Prix Femina-winning Wooden crosses ("Les croix de bois"), a moving study of World War I, in which he served. It was published in 1919 (in English by William Heinemann in 1920).

Dorgelès served as a juror with Florence Meyer Blumenthal in awarding the Prix Blumenthal, a grant given between 1919 and 1954 to painters, sculptors, decorators, engravers, writers, and musicians.[1]


  1. ^ "Florence Meyer Blumenthal". Jewish Women's Archive, Michele Siegel. 

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