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de Régnier, Henri

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1864-1936) French author, from the mid-1880s a member of the Symbolist Movement, whose members included Gustave Kahn as well as more famous figures like Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898), creating in Le Bosquet de Psyché ["Psyche's Arbor"] (1894) a significant presentation of the Symbolist ethos; in this context, he was a poet of importance. His prose works, which somewhat resemble those of his contemporary, Remy de Gourmont, have relatively little sf interest, usually being traditional tales and fables radically Twice-Told [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], though their surrealism, when taken literally, allow them to be defined as examples of Fantastika in the anxiety-ridden hallucinated manner common to much non-realist work in the years before World War One. Two titles are of interest, La Canne de jaspe ["The Jasper Walking-Stick"] (coll 1897) and Histoires Incertaines ["Uncertain Stories"] (coll 1919), both being translated by Brian Stableford, with added stories, as A Surfeit of Mirrors: Symbolist Tales and Uncertain Stories (omni 2012). [JC]

Henri de Régnier

born Honfleur, Calvados, France: 28 December 1864

died Paris: 23 May 1936



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