Talk:Anatole France

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Comment[edit]

Hi, Gang of One,
When I came to the AF bio, it read in its entirety:

Anatole France (April 16, 1844 – October 12, 1924) was the pen name of French author Jacques Anatole François Thibault. He was born in Paris, France, and died in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France. In addition to being an atheist, Anatole was also documented to have a brain volume just two-thirds the normal size. In the 1920s France's writings were put on the Index of Forbidden Books of the Roman Catholic Church.

The argument you make is the same as the argument of the religious fanatics. Personally, I am tired of this Wikipedia uphill battle. Anything you write gets sooner or later perverted. If you wish, revert this bio to the form as it was before, it will save us both time we could use for more meaningful things than to argue on Jimbo's plantation.

Best Wishes,

David Cruise —Preceding unsigned comment added by LCF (talkcontribs) 12 May 2006

Question[edit]

Could I ask what is meant by the sentence "He moved Paul Verlaine and Mallarmé aside of this Parnasse."? I think this needs a little alteration, but, since I have no idea what it means, I'm not sure how to do that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 192.30.202.21 (talk) 21:29, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

Agreed. I came here to the article's talk page specifically because I was so thoroughly confused by the very sentence you mentioned, and was curious to see if anything here could help to clarify it. It sounds like it has been run through a translation engine from another language. As it is thoroughly confusing, I suggest simply deleting it. It serves no useful purpose whatsoever. 198.228.201.152 (talk) 11:11, 14 March 2012 (UTC)

Glaring error: Wife grand-daughter Louis XVI[edit]

The section about France's wife says she was the grand-daughter of Louis XVI. The article gives no source, so I was suspicious. I looked at the French wiki page for Anatole France and it says that she's the grand-daughter of Louis XVI's minituarist (painter of miniature portraits), NOT the king. I don't want to change it myself because I don't have a source for the change, but it's obviously pretty wrong so somebody should do research and change it when they have a good source.

132.216.66.29 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 01:05, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done from Edouard Leduc (2004). Anatole France avant l'oubli. Editions Publibook. ISBN 978-2-7483-0397-1. 
Mcewan (talk) 11:49, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

Source[edit]

An interested editor might find something of use here: http://www.britannica.com/nobelprize/article-9035101 --81.23.54.142 (talk) 17:34, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Quotes[edit]

Hey, does anyone have a source for the quote "For every monarchy overthrown the sky becomes less brilliant, because it loses a star. A republic is ugliness set free." I can't find it in any of his works that I have access to, and all my searches just turn up people posting the quote. So where is it from? It sticks out as not being in line with his other views. even if it turns out he wrote it doesn't make it representative of his work, as it seems at least out of context. If no one has a source for it, It should be removed, no? Really there are no citations on any of the quotes. It seems like a problematic section. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 98.154.49.18 (talk) 08:54, 25 October 2013 (UTC)


I came here wondering about this myself.I couldn't find it anywhere myself. Unsourced. I think it would be right to delete this.I also have deleted the category of Monarchist at the bottom of the page. Jamzik (talk) 21:12, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Smallest brain[edit]

Perhaps something should be added to the article about his brain? After his death, it was found that Anatole France's brain was substantially smaller than expected, "the size of the brain of Homo erectus" [1]. It has been mentioned in a number of scientific articles in the decades since (as it seemed to disprove the idea that brain size was correlated to intelligence). At one time, it was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the lightest brain recorded in a human. Esn (talk) 05:39, 30 July 2015 (UTC)