Birth Anniversary of Anatole France

16 Apr 2020  Thu

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe”.
Anatole France

An outstanding French writer, academician, and a Nobel Prize winner, Anatole France was born on 16th April 1844. Ironic, skeptical, and urbane critic he was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was elected to the French Academy in 1896 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921.

The son of a bookseller, he spent most of his life around books. France began his literary career as a poet and a journalist. In 1869, Le Parnasse Contemporain published one of his poems, "La Part de Madeleine". He became known with the novel Le Crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881). The novel was praised for its elegant prose and won him a prize from the Academie Francaise.

He is a major figure in the tradition of liberal humanism in French literature. To honor him Armenia Postal Department has issued commemorative postage stamps on the theme of “Centenary of the Armenian Genocide; Anatole France”. He has done a big contribution and humanitarian help to the survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

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