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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 18 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LOUIS GABRIEL CHARLES VICAIRE (1848-1900), French poet, was born at Belfort on the 25th of January 1848. He served in the campaign of 187o, and then settled in Paris to practise at the bar, which, however, he soon abandoned for literature. His work was twice " crowned " by the Academy, and in 1892 he received the cross of the Legion of Honour. Born in the Vosges, and a Parisian by adoption, Vicaire remained all his life an enthusiastic lover of the country to which his family belonged—La Bresse—spending much of his time at Amberieu. His freshest and best work is his Emaux bressans (1884), a volume of poems full of the gaiety and spirit of the old French chansons. Other volumes followed: Le Livre de la patrie, L'Heure enchantee (1890), A la bonne franquette (1892), Au bois joli (1894) and Le Clos des fees (1897). Vicaire wrote in collaboration with Jules Truffier two short pieces for the stage, Fleurs d'avril (189o) and La Farce du marl refondu (1845); also the Miracle de Saint Nicolas (1888). With his friend Henri Beauclair he produced a parody of the Decadents entitled Les Deliquescences and signed Adore Floupette. His fame rests on his Emaux bressans and on his Rabelaisian drinking songs; the religious and fairy poems. charming as they often are, carry simplicity to the verge of affectation. The poet died in Paris, after a long and painful illness, on the 23rd of September 1900. See Henri Corbel, Un Pate, Gabriel Vicaire (1902).
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