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JULES LEMAITRE (1853-1914)

The following biography was originally published in The Continental Drama of Today. Barrett H. Clark. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1914. p. 136.

Jules Lemaître was born in 1853 and received his early education in a small town in Touraine. Later he completed his preliminary and higher studies in the capital, and taught literature in Le Havre, then in Algiers, and still later in Besançon and Grenoble. At the age of thirty-one he came to Paris to live permanently, where he was offered the position of dramatic critic on the Journal des Débats. At that time he was known as the author of a slight volume of delicate verses -- Les Médaillons -- and a few finely-written and clearly conceived criticisms. These were the first of a collection which have since appeared in seven volumes as Les Contemporains. The dramatic criticisms were collected, in ten volumes, as Les Impressions de Théâtre. Lemaître's first venture into the realm of drama was with Révoltée (The Woman Who Revolted) in 1889; although this play was not very successful, the author wrote a number of social comedies of the first order, the best of which are The Pardon (1895), and La Massière (The Studio Assistant, 1905). Lemaître is likewise the author of a number of short stories and one novel. [He died in 1914.]


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