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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 247 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PETRUS BOREL, whose full name was PIERRE JOSEPH BOREL D'HAUTERIVE (1809-1859), French writer, was born at Lyons on the 26th of June ISo9. His father had been ruined by taking part in the resistance offered by the Lyonnese royalists against the Convention, and Petrus Borel was educated in Paris to be an architect. He soon abandoned his professionto become one of the most violent partisans of the Romantic movement. His extravagant sentiments were illustrated in various volumes: Rhapsodies (1832), poems; Champavert, contes immoraux (1833); Madame Putiphar (1839), &c. His works did not rescue him from poverty, but through the kindness of Theophile Gautier and Mme de Girardin he obtained a small place in the civil service. He died at Mostaganem in Algeria on the 14th of July 1859. See Jules Claretie, Petrus Borel, le Lycanthrope (1865) ; and Ch. Asselineau, Bibliographie romantique (1872).
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