Landscapes in Literature (VI)

France’s romantic Cher. Continue reading Landscapes in Literature (VI)

Alain-Fournier’s last great adventure

In one of his letters, Alain-Fournier, author of Le Grand Meaulnes, wrote, “I have loved those who were so strong and so visionary that they seemed to create around them an unknown world.” One hundred years after its publication, Fournier’s own mysterious domain still beckons. Continue reading Alain-Fournier’s last great adventure

Alain-Fournier’s timeless novel is one hundred years old

France is celebrating the centenary of the publication of Henri Alain-Fournier’s novel Le Grand Meaulnes. There will be numerous literary events, exhibitions and fêtes galantes – such as a circus performance in Épineuil le Fleuriel, where Fournier grew up. There is even a competition for a sequel to the novel. Continue reading Alain-Fournier’s timeless novel is one hundred years old

Alain-Fournier and the painting that vanished

In 1913, when Henri Alain-Fournier published Le Grand Meaulnes, few people knew that its heroine, Yvonne de Galais, was based on a real-life person. Only much later was it revealed that Fournier had met a girl whose identity was unknown and that his adolescent love for her had led to the writing of the novel. Continue reading Alain-Fournier and the painting that vanished