de Lautrec, Gabriel

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(1867-1938) French author, cousin of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) whose short fiction, assembled in works like Poèmes en Prose (coll 1898), Les Histoires de Tom Joë (coll 1920) (see Club Story) and La Vengeance du portrait ovale (coll 1922; trans by Brian Stableford with excerpts from the previous two as The Vengeance of the Oval Portrait and Other Stories coll 2011); sometimes couched as dreams, de Lautrec's fiction often Satirizes a world centred in Paris through Near Future spoofs, though "Polar Terror" (1904 Mercure de France) hallucinates immurement in Antarctic ice, where explorers (Jules Verne is not being taken seriously here) build a City to survive in: the mood is apocalyptic. [JC]

Gabriel de Lautrec

born Béziers, Languedoc, France: 21 February 1867

died Paris: 25 July 1938

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