De Villiers, de L'Isle Adam

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Name
De Villiers, de L'Isle Adam Gender: M
born on 7 November 1838 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place St.Brieuc, France, 48n31, 2w47
Timezone LMT m2w47 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 14°18' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 21°17 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 00°39'



de L'Isle Adam De Villiers

Biography

French symbolist writer.

As a child Villoers composed poetry and music.

In 1860, his aunt gave him enough money to allow him to live in the capital permanently. He had already acquired a reputation in literary circles for his inspired, alcohol-fuelled monologues. Villiers began living a Bohemian life.

Disaster came in 1871 with the death of Villiers' aunt and the end of her financial support. Though Villiers had many admirers in literary circles (the most important being his close friend Stéphane Mallarmé), mainstream newspapers found his fiction too eccentric to be saleable and few theatres risked putting on his plays. Villiers was forced to take odd jobs to support his family: he gave boxing lessons and apparently worked in a funeral parlour and as a mountebank's assistant for a time. According to his friend Léon Bloy, Villiers was so poor he had to write most of his novel L'Eve future lying on his belly on bare floorboards because the bailiffs had taken away all the furniture. His poverty only increased his sense of aristocratic pride. In 1881 Villiers stood unsuccessfully for parliament as a candidate for the legitimist party. By the 1880s, there was some change in fortune: Villiers' fame began to grow, but not his finances.

On 19 August 1889 Villiers was dying of stomach cancer. On his deathbed, he finally married Marie Dantine, thus legitimising his beloved son "Totor".


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Events

Source Notes

Geslain archive

Categories

  • Lifestyle : Financial : Other Financial (very poor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction

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