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FrenchBorn Marcel PAGNOL

French novelist, playwright, and filmmaker

Born on February 28, 1895 in Aubagne , France

Died on April 18, 1974 in Paris , France

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Pagnol was born in southern France near Marseille, the eldest son of school teacher Joseph Pagnol and seamstress Augustine Lansot.B Marcel Pagnol grew up in Marseille with his younger brothers Paul, René, and younger sister Germaine.

To his father's amazement, Pagnol learned to read at a young age but his mother did not allow him to touch a book until he was six "for fear of cerebral explosion". In July 1904, the family rented the Bastide Neuve, – a house in the sleepy Provençal village of La Treille – for the summer holidays, the first of many spent in the hilly countryside between Aubagne and Marseille. About the same time, Augustine's health, which had never been robust, began to noticeably decline and on 16 June 1910 she succumbed to a chest infection ("mal de poitrine") and died, aged 36. Joseph remarried in 1912. In 1913 at the age of 18 he passed his baccalaureate in philosophy and started studying literature at the University in Aix-en-Provence. When the First World War broke out, he was called up into the infantry at Nice but in January 1915 but was discharged because of his poor constitution ("faiblesse de constitution''). On 2 March 1916, he married Simone Colin in Marseille and in November graduated in English. He became an English teacher, teaching in various local colleges and at a lycée in Marseille.


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