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FrenchBorn Jean Fernand GIONO

French author

Born on March 30, 1895 in Manosque, France , France

Died on October 08, 1970 in Manosque, France

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Giono was born to a family of modest means, his father a cobbler and his mother a laundry woman. He spent the majority of his life in Manosque, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. While he left his studies after middle school, that did not stop is appetite for the great classic works of literature, including the Bible, Homer's Iliad, and The Tragiques of Agrippa_d'Aubigné. He worked as a bank employee until World War I, during which he served as a soldier, where he was greatly impressed by the atrocities on the front lines. In 1919, he returned to the bank and a year later, married a childhood friend with whom he had two children. He left the bank in 1930 to dedicate himself to writing on a full-time basis, after the success of his first novel, Colline.

In 1953, he was the recipient of the Prince Rainier of Monaco literary prize, awarded for his lifetime achievements. He later became a member of the Académie Goncourt in 1954 and joined the Conseil Littéraire of Monaco in 1963.


Among his most famous writings are the three novels of his "Pan Trilogy", which allude to the Greek God Pan and pantheism: Colline, Un de Baumugnes, and Regain. He is also well known for the book Voyage in Italy and the short story The Man Who Planted Trees (1953).

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