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Anatole France

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1921

Novelist, storyteller; almost all genres. Nobility of style, profound human sympathy, true Gallic temperament. Historical fiction evokes past civilizations with great charm, deep insight.

Post-World War I. At Nobel ceremony Frenchman France turned to Nobelist, German Nernst, exchanged a long and cordial handshake with him - a profoundly symbolic gesture.

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Anatole France, Academician. Characteristics of One of the Most Praiseworthy Modern Authors. New York Times

The Brain of Anatole France by Sir Arthur Keith M.d., F.R.S., 3 Dec 1927. British Medical Journal/ National Library of Medicine

Anatole France, Nobel Prize Winner by Herbert S. Gorman, The New York Times, 20 November 1921

Anatole France's Grave


Anatole France Please bear in mind that there may be more than one person with same name.

Painting Tim Tompkins - PaintHistory.com

Name: Anatole France (pen-name of Jacques Anatole Thibault)
Birth: 16 April 1844, Paris, France
Death: 12 October 1924, Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France
Residence at the time of the award: France
Prize motivation: "in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament"
Field: Prose
Language: French
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