SMILE DESCHAMPS (1791-1871) ,French poet and man of letters, was
See also:born at
See also:Bourges on the 20th of
See also:February 1.791 . The son of a
See also:civil servant, he adopted his
See also:father's career, but as early as 1812 he distinguished himself by an ode, La Paix conquise, which won the praise of
See also:Napoleon . In 1818 he collaborated with
See also:Henri de Latouche in two
See also:verse comedies, Selmours de Florian and Le Tour de faveur . He and his
See also:brother were among the most enthusiastic disciples of the cenacle gathered
See also:round Victor Hugo, and in
See also:July 1823 Emile founded with- his
See also:master the Muse Irancaise, which during the
See also:year of its existence was the specialorgan of the romantic party . His Etudes francaises et l trangilres (1828) were preceded by a preface which may be regarded as one of the manifestos of the romanticists . The versions of
See also:Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1839) and of
See also:Macbeth (1844), important as they were in the
See also:history of the romantic
See also:movement, were never staged . He was the author of several libretti, among which may be mentioned the Romeo e ! Juliette of
See also:Berlioz . The
See also:list of his more important
See also:works is completed by his two volumes of stories, Contes physiologiques (1854) and Realites fantastiques (1854) . He died at
See also:Versailles in
See also:April 1871 . His CEuvres completes were published in 1872-1874 (6 vols.) . His brother,
See also:Marie, known as ANTONY DESCHAMPS, was born in
See also:Paris on the 12th of
See also:March 1800 and died at Passy on the 29th of
See also:October 1869 .
Like his brother, he was an ardent romanticist, but hisproduction was limited by a
See also:nervous disorder, which has
See also:left its mark on his melancholy
See also:work . He translated the Divina Commedia in 1829, and his poems, Dernieres Paroles and Resignation, were republished with his brother's, in 1841 .
PAUL EUGENE LOUIS DESCHANEL (1856– )
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