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MAURICE BOUCHOR (1855– )

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 313 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MAURICE BOUCHOR (1855– ), French poet, was born on the 15th of December 1855 in Paris. He published in succession Chansons joyeuses (1874), Fames de l'amour et de la mer (1875), Le Faust moderne (1878) in prose and verse, and Les Conies parisiens (1880) in verse. His Aurore (1883) showed a tendency to religious mysticism, which reached its fullest expression in Les Symboles (1888; new series, 1895), the most interesting of his works. Bouchor (whose brother, Joseph Felix Bouchor, b. 1853, became well known as an artist) was a sculptor as well as a poet, and he designed and worked the figures used in his charming pieces as marionettes, the words being recited or chanted by himself or his friends behind the scenes. These miniature dramas on religious subjects, Tobie (1889), Noel (1890) and Sainte Cecile (1892), were produced in Paris at the Theatre des Marionnettes. A one-act verse drama by Bouchor, Conte de Noel, was played at the Theatre Francais in 1895, but Dieu le veut (1888) was not produced. In conjunction with the musician Julien Tiersot (b. 1857), he made efforts for the preservation ofthe French folk-songs, and published Chants populaires pour les ecoles (1897).
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