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Mauclair, Camille

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(1872-1945) French poet, controversialist and author, notable in World War One for deploring German excesses and in World War Two for expressing anti-Semitic views in support of the Nazi occupation of France. Before the turn of the century, he had gained some fame as a Symbolist poet, and critical advocate of literary experimentation short of Modernism; he later attacked most twentieth-century because of its (as he periphrastically put it) Jewish roots. He is of some sf interest for the contents of The Virgin Orient (coll trans from various sources by Brian Stableford 2016). The title novella – L'Orient vierge: roman épique de l'An 2000 (1897; rev 1920) – is a Future War tale in which the confederated "Anarchist" forces of Europe defeat a Yellow Peril. Here and in the other stories assembled, a Symbolist intensity of image not surprisingly tends to stymie the narrative flow. [JC]

Camille Laurent Célestin Faust

born Paris: 29 November 1872

died Paris: 23 April 1945

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