Francois Mauriac

Mauriac, François

François Mauriac (fräNswä´ mōryäk´), 1885–1970, French writer. Mauriac achieved success in 1922 and 1923 with Le Baiser au lépreux and Genitrix (tr. of both in The Family, 1930). Generally set in or near his native Bordeaux, his novels are imbued with his profound, though nonconformist, Roman Catholicism. His characters exist in a tortured universe; nature is evil and man eternally prone to sin. His major novels are The Desert of Love (1925, tr. 1929), Thérèse (1927, tr. 1928), and Vipers' Tangle (1932, tr. 1933). Other works include The Frontenacs (1933, tr. 1961) and Woman of the Pharisees (1941, tr. 1946); a life of Racine (1928) and of Jesus (1936, tr. 1937); and plays, notably Asmodée (1938, tr. 1939). Also a distinguished essayist, Mauriac became a columnist for Figaro after World War II. Collections of his articles and essays include Journal, 1932–39 (1947, partial tr. Second Thoughts, 1961), Proust's Way (1949, tr. 1950), and Cain, Where Is Your Brother? (tr. 1962). Mauriac received the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature.

See his memoirs (1959, tr. 1960); study by C. Jenkins (1965).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

François Mauriac
Martin Jarrett-Kerr.
Yale University Press, 1954
The Lamb: (L'Agneau)
François Mauriac; Gerard Hopkins.
Noonday, 1961
The Little Misery: (Le Sagouin)
François Mauriac; Gerard Hopkins.
Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1952
Proust's Way
François Mauriac; Elsie Pell.
Philosophical Library, 1950
The Stumbling Block: La Pierre D'Achoppement
François Mauriac; Gerard Hopkins.
Harvill Press, 1956
The Frontenacs
François Mauriac; Gerard Hopkins.
Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1961
Young Man in Chains: (L'Enfant Chargae de Cha'ines)
François Mauriac; Gerard Hopkins.
Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1963
The Son of Man
François Mauriac; Bernard Murchland; Francois Mauriac.
Macmillan Library Reference, 1960
Cain, Where Is Your Brother?
François Mauriac.
Coward-McCann, 1962
The Unknown Sea (Les Chemins de la Mer)
François Mauriac; Gerard Hopkins.
Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1948
Words of Faith
François Mauriac.
Philosophical Library, 1955
Second Thoughts: Reflections on Literature and on Life
François Mauriac.
Books for Libraries Press, 1976
The Art of French Fiction: Prevost, Stendahl, Zola, Maupassant, Gide, Mauriac, Proust
Martin Turnell.
New Directions, 1959
Librarian’s tip: "Francois Mauriac" begins on p. 285
A Guide to Contemporary French Literature: From Valery to Sartre
Wallace Fowlie.
Meridian Books, 1957
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Mauriac's Dark Hero"
Literary and Philosophical Essays
Jean-Paul Sartre; Annette Michelson.
Criterion Books, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Francois Mauriac and Freedom"
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