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Maurice Druon
Born April 23, 1918(1918-04-23)
Paris, France
Died April 14, 2009 (aged 90)
Paris, France
Occupation Novelist
Nationality French
Writing period 1942–2009

Maurice Druon (April 23, 1918 – April 14, 2009) was a French novelist and a member of the Académie française.

Biography

Born in Paris, France, Druon was the nephew of the writer Joseph Kessel, with whom he wrote the Chant des Partisans, which, with music composed by Anna Marly, was used as an anthem by the French Resistance during World War II.

In 1948 he received the Prix Goncourt for his novel Les grandes familles.

He was elected to the 30th seat of L'Académie française on December 8, 1966, succeeding Georges Duhamel.

While his scholarly writing earned him a seat at the Académie, he is best known for a series of seven historical novels published in the 1950s under the title Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings).

He was Minister of Cultural Affairs (1973–1974) in Pierre Messmer's cabinet, and a deputy of Paris (1978–1981).

Les Rois Maudits (The Accursed Kings)

The individual English titles below are from the Scribner English editions as published in the United States, rather than literal translations of the original French titles.

  1. Le Roi de fer (The Iron King)
  2. La Reine étranglée (The Strangled Queen)
  3. Les Poisons de la couronne (The Poisoned Crown)
  4. La Loi des mâles (The Royal Succession)
  5. La Louve de France (The She-Wolf of France)
  6. Le Lis et le Lion (The Lily and the Lion)
  7. Quand un Roi perd la France (When a King Loses France)

Bibliography

  • MĂ©garĂ©e, pièce en trois actes, crĂ©Ă©e au Grand Théâtre de Monte-Carlo (1942)
  • Le Sonneur de bien aller (1943 — novella)
  • PrĂ©face d'un chameau en pyjame (1943)
  • Le Chant des Partisans (with Joseph Kessel, 1943)
  • Lettres d’un EuropĂ©en, essai (1944)
  • La Dernière Brigade, roman (1946)
  • Ithaque dĂ©livrĂ©e, poème dramatique traduit de l’anglais ; d’après The Rescue d’Edward Sackville-West (1947)
  • Les Grandes Familles (1948)
  • La Chute des corps (Les Grandes Familles, II, 1950)
  • Rendez-vous aux enfers (Les Grandes Familles, III, 1951)
  • Remarques (1952)
  • Un voyageur, comĂ©die en un acte, au rĂ©pertoire de la ComĂ©die française (1953)
  • Le Coup de grâce, mĂ©lodrame en trois actes (with Joseph Kessel, 1953)
  • La VoluptĂ© d’être, roman (1954)
  • La Reine Ă©tranglĂ©e (Les Rois maudits, II, 1955)
  • Le Roi de fer (Les Rois maudits, I, 1955)
  • Les Poisons de la couronne (Les Rois maudits, III, 1956)
  • L'HĂ´tel de Mondez, nouvelle (1956)
  • La Loi des mâles (Les Rois maudits, IV, 1957)
  • Tistou les pouces verts (1957)
  • Alexandre le Grand (1958)
  • La Louve de France (Les Rois maudits, V, 1959)
  • Le Lis et le Lion (Les Rois maudits, VI, 1960)
  • Des Seigneurs de la plaine Ă  l’hĂ´tel de Mondez (1962 — Short story collection)
  • Théâtre — MĂ©garĂ©e, Un voyageur, La Contessa (1962)
  • Les MĂ©moires de Zeus (1963)
  • Bernard Buffet, essai (1964 — Essay)
  • Paris, de CĂ©sar Ă  Saint Louis (1964 — Historical essay)
  • Le Pouvoir, notes et maximes (1965)
  • Les Tambours de la mĂ©moire (1965)
  • Les Rois maudits, roman historique (6 volumes, 1966)
  • Les MĂ©moires de Zeus, II, roman historique (1967)
  • Le Bonheur des uns, nouvelles (1967)
  • VĂ©zelay, colline Ă©ternelle (1968)
  • L'Avenir en dĂ©sarroi, essai (1968)
  • Grandeur et signification de Leningrad (1968)
  • Lettres d’un EuropĂ©en et Nouvelles Lettres d’un EuropĂ©en, 1943-1970 (1970 — essay)
  • Splendeur provençale (1970)
  • Une Église qui se trompe de siècle (1972)
  • La Parole et le Pouvoir (1974)
  • Ĺ’uvres complètes (25 volumes with unpublished material, 1977)
  • Quand un Roi perd la France (Les Rois maudits, VII, 1977)
  • Attention la France ! (1981)
  • RĂ©former la dĂ©mocratie (1982)
  • La Culture et l’État (1985)
  • VĂ©zelay, colline Ă©ternelle, nouvelle Ă©dition (1987)
  • Lettre aux Français sur leur langue et leur âme (1994)
  • Circonstances (1997)
  • Circonstances politiques, 1954–1974 (1998)
  • Le bon français (1999)
  • Circonstances politiques II, 1974–1998 (1999)
  • La France aux ordres d’un cadavre (2000)
  • Ordonnances pour un État malade (2002)
  • Le Franc-parler (2003)
  • MĂ©moires. L'aurore vient du fond du ciel (2006)
  • Les mĂ©moires de Zeus (2007)

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Georges Duhamel
Seat 30
Académie française
1966-2009
Succeeded by
Vacant
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