Henry de MONTHERLANT

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FrenchBorn Henry Marie Joseph Frédéric Expedite MILLON de MONTHERLANT

French essayist and novelist

Born on April 20, 1895 in Paris, France , France

Died on September 21, 1972 in Paris, France

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Born in Paris France, a descendant of an aristocratic (yet obscure) Picard family, he was educated at the Lycée Janson de Sailly and the Sainte-Croix boarding school at Neuilly-sur-Seine. Henry's father was a hard-line reactionary (to the extent of despising the post-Dreyfus Affair army as too subservient to the Republic, and refusing to have electricity or the telephone installed in his house). After the death of his father and mother in 1914 and 1915, he went to live with his doting grandmother and eccentric uncles.



Mobilised in 1916, he was wounded and decorated. Marked by his experience of war, he wrote Songe ('Dream'), an autobiographic novel, as well as his Chant funèbre pour les morts de Verdun (Funeral Chant for the Dead at Verdun), both exaltations of heroism during the Great War.

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