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Banville, Théodore de

Entry updated 5 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

(1823-1891) French poet and author, a formalist and symbolist involved in various literary controversies over the course of his forty-year career. His penetration of the veils of reality may not have been lastingly profound, but the modestly transgressive thrust of the tales assembled as Contes Féeriques (coll 1882; trans Brian Stableford as Magical Tales 2021) demonstrates a use of Fantastika to grasp the unstable gist of a brittle culture. [JC]

Étienne Jean Baptiste Claude Théodore Faullain de Banville

born Moulins, Auvergne, France: 14 March 1823

died Paris: 13 March 1891

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