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FORTUNE DU BOISGOBEY (1824-1891)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 154 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FORTUNE DU BOISGOBEY (1824-1891), French writer of fiction, whose real surname was Castille, was born at Granville (Manche) on the 11th of September 1824. He served in the army pay department in Algeria from 1844 to 1848, and extended his travels to the East. He made his literary debut in the Petit journal with a story entitled Deux comediens (1868). With Le For4at colonel (1872) he became one of the most popular feuilleton writers. His police stories, though not so convincing as those of Emile Gaboriau, with whom his name is generally associated, had a great circulation, and many of them have been translated into English. Among his stories may be mentioned: Les Mysteres du nouveau Paris (1876), Le Demi-Monde sous la Terreur (1877), Les Nuits de Constantinople (1882), Le Cri du sang (1885), La Main froide (1889). Boisgobey died on the 26th of February 1891.
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