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LOUIS HYACINTHE BOUILHET (1822-1869)

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 317 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOUIS HYACINTHE BOUILHET (1822-1869), French poet and dramatist, was born at Cany, Seine Inferieure, on the 27th of May 1822. He was a schoolfellow of Gustave Flaubert, to whom he dedicated his first work, Meloenis (1851), a narrati .e poem in five cantos, dealing with Roman manners under the emperor Commodus. His volume of poems entitled Fossiles attracted considerable attention, on account of the attempt therein to use science as a subject for poetry. These poems were included also in Festons et astragales (1859) As a dramatist he secured a success with his first play, Madame de Montarcy (1856), which ran for seventy-eight nights at the Odeon; and Helene Peyron (1858) and L'Oncle Million (186o) were also favourably received. But of his other plays, some of them of real merit, only the Conjuration d'Amboise (1866) met with any great success. Bouilhet died on the 18th of July 1869, at Rouen. Flaubert published his posthumous poems with a notice of the author, in 1872. See also Maxime du Camp, Souvenirs litteraires 01882) ; and H. de la Ville de Mirmont, Le Poete Louis Bouilhet (1888).
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