Jean Giraudoux

Jean Giraudoux (zhäN zhērōdōō´), 1882–1944, French novelist and dramatist. He was a prolific writer and combined his literary work with a long and successful diplomatic career. His early novels, which display his impressionistic, fanciful style, include Les Provinciales (1909) and Suzanne and the Pacific (1921, tr. 1923). Amica America (1919) relates a stay in the United States. In 1928, Giraudoux launched his dramatic career with Siegfried (tr. 1930), an adaptation of his novel Siegfried et le Limousin (1922, tr. My Friend from Limousin, 1923). Most of his subsequent plays, including Amphitryon 38 (1929, tr. 1937), La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu (1935, tr. Tiger at the Gates, 1955), and Électre (1937), are imaginative modern reinterpretations of Greek myths, satirizing selfishness, greed, and moral frailty. The Madwoman of Chaillot (1945, tr. 1947) is a bitter satire on 20th-century materialism.

See studies by R. Cohen (1968, repr. 1970), G. Lemaitre (1971), and Paul Mankin (1971).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Jean Giraudoux: Selected full-text books and articles

Jean Giraudoux: His Life and Works By Laurent Le Sage Pennsylvania State University, 1959
Plays By Jean Giraudoux; Christopher Fry Oxford University Press, vol.1, 1963
Librarian's tip: Includes "Judith," "Tiger at the Gates," and "Duel of Angels"
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
The Contemporary French Theatre: The Flight from Naturalism By Joseph Chiari Camelot Press, 1958
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "Jean Giraudoux"
Dionysus in Paris: A Guide to Contemporary French Theater By Wallace Fowlie Meridian Books, 1960
Librarian's tip: "Approaches to Tragedy: Giraudoux (1882-1944)" begins on p. 59
The Alienated Hero in Modern French Drama By Robert Emmet Jones University of Georgia Press, 1962
Librarian's tip: Chap. V "The Implacable Heroines of Giraudoux"
20th Century French Drama By David I. Grossvogel Columbia University Press, 1961
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "Perils of Debate: Giraudoux"
The Ways of the World: Comedy and Society By Robert Bechtold Heilman University of Washington Press, 1978
Librarian's tip: "Giraudoux's 'Electra'" begins on p. 116
Tragedy: Modern Essays in Criticism By Laurence Michel; Richard B. Sewall Prentice Hall, 1963
Librarian's tip: "Giraudoux' Tiger at the Gates: A Review" begins on p. 328
Literary and Philosophical Essays By Jean-Paul Sartre; Annette Michelson Criterion Books, 1955
Librarian's tip: Chap. III "Jean Giraudoux and the Philosophy of Aristotle"
Louis Jouvet, Man of the Theatre By Bettina Liebowitz Knapp Columbia University Press, 1957
Librarian's tip: "Jouvet and Giraudoux, 1928-1934" begins on p. 126
Marketing Marianne: French Propaganda in America, 1900-1940 By Robert J. Young Rutgers University Press, 2004
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Jean Giraudoux begins on p. 145
Looking for a topic idea? Use Questia's Topic Generator
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.