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French Louis PERGAUD

French writer and soldier

Source :  Denis MYOTTE

Born: on January 22, 1882 in Belmont, France
Died: on April 08, 1915 in Marchéville-en-Woëvre, France


Son of a republican schoolmaster, Pergaud was encouraged to excel in his studies. His academic successes earned him scholarships permitting him to continue school with the intention of following in his father's footsteps. In 1901, after completing his his studies at the École Normale in Besançon, Louis Pergaud accepted his first teaching position in Durnes. He had only been teaching for one year when he was called to complete a year of military service with the 35th infantry regiment stationed in Belfort. In the fall of 1903, Pergaud returned to his post in Durne. He also married his first wife in that year. In 1905 Pergaud transferred to Landresse, a village that would eventually become so dear to his heart. Initially though, life in this small, isolated village was difficult for him because he found himself in conflict local people over certain major political issues of the time, the separation of Church and State to name one. In 1907, Pergaud left Landresse, and his wife, for Paris, where he joined a long time friend and inspiration, Leon Deubel. In Paris, Louis Pergaud suffered through extreme poverty, even as he worked as a clerk and then as a schoolteacher, in an effort to realize his dream of literary success.

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