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Francois Mauriac
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    (October 11, 1885-September 1, 1970)
    Born in Bordeaux, France
    Novelist, poet, playwright and journalist
    Wrote the novels ‘Young Man in Chains’ (1913), ‘A Kiss to the Leper’ (1922), ‘The Desert of Love’ (1925), ‘Therese Desqueyroux’ (1927), ‘Viper’s Tangle’ (1932), ‘A Woman of Pharisees’ (1941), ‘The Loved and the Unloved’ (1952) and ‘Maltaverne’ (1969)
    Poetry collections include ‘Orages’ (1925) and ‘Le Sang d’Atys’ (1940)
    Wrote the plays ‘Asmodee: A Drama in Three Acts’ (1938) and ‘The Poorly Loved’ (1945)
    Wrote the biographies ‘Life of Jesus’ (1951) and ‘De Gaulle’ (1966)
    Won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1952)
    He initially supported Franco, Mussolini and Petain.
    He feuded with Albert Camus over how aggressively liberated France should deal with collaborators. (Camus wanted France purged of all collaborators while Mauriac urged reconciliation.)
    He complained that post-war French literature was dominated by ‘philosophy professors’ like Jean-Paul Sartre.
    He was married to Jeanne Lafon for 57 years.
    He served as a Red Cross orderly in the Balkans during World War I.
    After Petain’s Vichy government passed anti-Jewish laws, he joined the French Resistance.
    He condemned the use of torture by the French army in Algeria.
    He encouraged Elie Weisel to write about his experiences during the Holocaust and wrote the foreword for Weisel’s book ‘Night.’

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