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Alain-Fournier

Alain-Fournier, pseudonyme de Henri Alban Fournier, est né le 3 octobre 1886 à La Chapelle-d’Angillon, dans le Cher. Comme François Seurel dans Le Grand Meaulnes, il passe son enfance dans le Centre de la France et ses parents sont instituteurs.

Il poursuit des études littéraires au lycée Lakanal, à Sceaux, près de Paris. C’est là qu’il rencontre Jacques Rivière, homme de lettres, qui devient son meilleur ami et, par la suite, le mari de sa soeur Isabelle. Avec Jacques Rivière il entretient une correspondance presque quotidienne. Les deux amis apprennent ensemble leur métier d’écrivain.

En 1905, le jour de l’Ascension, Alain-Fournier croise une très belle jeune fille à Paris : Yvonne de Quiévrecourt. C’est le premier amour de sa vie et c’est certainement elle qui a inspiré le personnage d’Yvonne de Galais dans le Grand Meaulnes.

En 1909, après son service militaire dans le Gers, au sud-ouest de la France, Alain-Fournier revient à Paris et tient la rubrique littéraire d’un journal. Il rencontre beaucoup d’écrivains de l’époque : Paul Claudel, André Gide, Francis Jammes, Charles Péguy, Marguerite Audoux. Il se passionne pour la musique (Fauré, Debussy et Ravel), pour la peinture (Gauguin, Cézanne) et la sculpture (Camille Claudel et Bourdelle).

En 1912, devenu secrétaire de Claude Casimir-Perier, fils d’un ancien président de la République, il fait la connaissance de la comédienne Pauline Benda, alias Madame Simone, qui devient sa femme.
Alain-Fournier travaille plusieurs années à son roman Le Grand Meaulnes, qui paraît en 1913 et qui manque de peu le Prix Goncourt. Le jeune auteur commence rapidement un deuxième roman, Colombe Blanchet.

En août 1914, l’écrivain est mobilisé comme lieutenant près de Verdun. En septembre de la même année, il est porté disparu. Il est déclaré mort en 1920, mais son corps n’est retrouvé et identifié qu’en 1991. Il a ensuite été enterré à Saint-Rémy-la Calonne, au nord-est de la France.

Son nom figure sur les murs du Panthéon de Paris, dans la liste des écrivains morts au champ d’honneur pendant la guerre 1914-1918.

La légende d’un écrivain qui n’aurait écrit qu’un seul roman a contribué à la gloire d’Alain-Fournier. Cependant, le texte Colombe Blanchet, que Jean Paulhan a mis en forme en 1920, prouve que l’oeuvre d’Alain-Fournier ne s’arrête pas au Grand Meaulnes.



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Frankfurter Buchmesse

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Oscar Wilde



The Life of Oscar Wilde

Early Life
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin on 16th October 1854. His father was Sir William Wilde, a famous doctor: his patients included Queen Victoria. His mother was Jane Francesca Elgee, a poet and supporter of Irish independence. Wilde had an older brother and a younger sister who died young. He studied at home until he was nine, and then at private school. In 1874 he went to Magdalen College, Oxford and studied Greek classics.

EarlyLife
Oscar Fingal O'FlahertieWills Wilde was born in Dublin on 16th October 1854.
His father was Sir WilliamWilde, a famous doctor: his patients included QueenVictoria.
His mother was Jane Francesca Elgee, a poet and supporter of Irish independence. Wilde had an older brother and a younger sister who died young. He studied at home until he was nine, and then at private school. In 1874 he went to Magdalen College, Oxford and studied Greek classics. 

First Publications
During his studies, Wilde published some poetry. He also wrote articles for magazines and travelled in Europe and America. He became famous for his eccentric lifestyle. In 1878 he graduated from Oxford and went to live in London. He wrote for many magazines and became more famous for his extravagant behaviour and love of aesthetics. Some people started to say that he was immoral.

First Prose Works
In 1888 Wilde published The Happy Prince and other tales, which he wrote for his two children.
His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray was published in 1891. At the same time he fell in love with Lord Alfred Douglas. From 1893 he considered his marriage finished. Wilde’s first play, Lady Windermere's Fan, opened in February 1892. Playwriting was his greatest talent and in a few years he wrote A Woman of No Importance (1893), An Ideal Husband (1895) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1895).

Trial and Prison
Wilde was famous for his love affairs with men, which were against the law. In 1895 he was arrested and put on trial.
The verdict was guilty. He was sentenced to two years of hard labour. He spent most of the time in Reading, and later wrote The
Ballad of Reading Gaol
. Prison was bad for his health. When he left prison in 1897 he went to Europe, and never returned to Britain.

Final Years
In very bad health, Wilde spent most of his fi nal years in Paris. He was very poor. Constance refused to meet him, but sent him money. She died in 1898 after an operation. He converted to Roman Catholicism a few days before he died, on 30th November 1900. Only a few of his friends stayed with him until the end.

 



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Poil de carotte in mostra
L’illustratrice Arianna Vairo a Padova
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Poil de carotte in mostra
Domenica 11 settembre 2011 ore 16
Jules Renard, Poil de carotte (Eli, 2011)
Presentazione del libro edito dalla casa editrice ELI e inaugurazione degli originali dell’artista Arianna Vairo che illustrano la presente edizione.
Libreria Pel di Carota
via Boccalerie 29
35139 Padova
+39 (0) 49 2956066
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L’illustratrice Arianna Vairo a Padova

Jules Renard, Poil de carotte (Eli, 2011)
Domenica 11 settembre 2011 ore 16, presentazione del libro edito dalla casa editrice ELI e inaugurazione degli originali dell’artista Arianna Vairo che illustrano la presente edizione.

Libreria Pel di Carota
via Boccalerie 29
35139 Padova
+39 (0) 49 2956066
www.peldicarota.it

   

 



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Sara Gavioli, illustratrice: bianco e nero al servizio del gotico
L’illustratrice Sara Gavioli su “Grazia”
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Sara Gavioli, illustratrice: bianco e nero al servizio del gotico
Vi proponiamo un’interessante intervista con l’illustratrice Sara Gavioli che, per le edizioni ELI, lavora alla realizzazione delle illustrazioni per l’edizione del Fantôme de l’Opéra di Gaston Leroux, in uscita nella primavera 2012.

L’illustratrice Sara Gavioli su “Grazia”

Vi proponiamo un’interessante intervista con l’illustratrice Sara Gavioli che, per le edizioni ELI, lavora alla realizzazione delle illustrazioni per l’edizione del Fantôme de l’Opéra di Gaston Leroux, in uscita nella primavera 2012.

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Prosper Mérimée



Prosper Mérimée

Une familled’artistes

Prosper Mérimée naît le 23 septembre 1803 dans une famille d’artistes. Ses parents, Léonor Mérimée et Anne Moreau, étaient peintres. Prosper a lui aussi le goût pour le dessin et il nous reste quelques croquis et des aquarelles peintes pendant ses voyages. Prosper est un enfant seul. Ses parents ne sont pas très affectueux et les continuels déménagements ne lui permettent pas de construire des liens d’amitié durables.  

La Vénus d’Ille

Mérimée écrit ce récit pendant un voyage dans le Midi de la France où il vait été nommé Inspecteur Général des monuments historiques et antiquités nationales. La particularité de Mérimée est qu’il laisse toujours le lecteur dans le doute même s’il réussit à donner une explication objective des manifestations surnaturelles auxquelles il assiste. Ainsi la Vénus, une  femme de pierre qui a l’air vivante semble avoir tué Monsieur Alphonse. Est-ce que cette statue s’est vraiment animée ? Le doute persiste chez le lecteur. 

 



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