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Pierre Benoit

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Full Name: Pierre Benoit
Born: July 16, 1886
Albi, France
Died: March 3, 1962
Ciboure, France
Occupation: Novelist
Nationality: French


Pierre Benoit (16 July 1886 - 3 March 1962) was a French novelist and member of the Académie française.

Pierre Benoit, born in Albi (southern France) was the son of a French soldier. Benoit spent his early years and military service in Northern Africa, before becoming a civil servant. His first novel, Koenigsmark, was published during 1918; L'Atlantide was published the next year and was awarded the Grand Prize of the Académie française. Benoit became a member of the Académie during 1931.

A political right-winger, Benoit was an admirer of the French fascist Charles Maurras. During the Nazi Occupation of France, Benoît joined the "Groupe Collaboration", a pro-Nazi arts group whose other members included Abel Bonnard, Georges Claude and Pierre Drieu La Rochelle. This led him to be arrested in September 1944; he was eventually released after six months, but his work remained on the "blacklist" of French Nazi collaborators for several years afterwards.

He died in March 1962 in Ciboure.

Works in the WWEnd Database

 Frontiers of Imagination

 40. (1919)