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Dumas, Alexandre Sr.

1802-70



French novelist and playwright, born in Villers-Cotterets. Dumas lived in Paris where he became famous with his play 'Henri III'.

He is best known as a prolific storyteller - stories recalling historical events in France. Among his best-known works are 'The Count of Monte Cristo' and 'The Three Musketeers'.

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Flaubert, Gustave

1821-80




French novelist, born in Rouen. He went to Paris to study law, but turned to writing short stories and novels. He became to be regarded as the pioneer of the Realist school of French literature.

His most famous work is 'Madame Bovary', a realistic portrayal of provincial bourgeois life whose alleged immorality aroused much controversy. Flaubert's maxim was: 'Be regular and ordinary in your life like a bourgeois, so that you may be violent and orginal in your work'.

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France, Anatole

1844-1924




French writer, born in Paris, the son of a bookseller.

He wrote several popular novels, which contrast with his later, satirical, sceptical works where he examined with ironie the great institutions of the state. Among his later novels are 'L'Ile des pingouins' and 'Les Dieux ont soif' (The Gods are thirsty).

After his support of Dreyfus (exposing French anti-Semitism) Anatole France began to introduce his social preoccupations into most of his stories.

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