Bernard, Charles de

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Bernard, Charles de Gender: M
Pierre-Marie-C. de B. du Grail de la Villette
born on 24 February 1804 at 19:00 (= 7:00 PM )
Place Besançon, France, 47n15, 6e02
Timezone LMT m6e02 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 05°01' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 26°08 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 21°26'

Charles de Bernard


French writer who became one of the founders of the 'Gazette de Franche-Comté' and an article in the pages of that journal about 'La peau de chagrin' earned him the thanks and the friendship of Honoré de Balzac. The latter induced him to take up his domicile in Paris and introduced him to the art of novel-writing.

Bernard published a volume of odes: 'Plus Deuil que Joie' (1838), which was not much noticed, but a series of stories in the same year gained him the reputation of a genial 'conteur'. They were collected under the title 'Le Noeud Gordien', and one of the tales, 'Une Aventure du Magistrat,' was adapted by Victorien Sardou for his comedy 'Pommes du voisin'.

'Gerfaut', generally acclaimed as his greatest work, crowned by the Academy, appeared also in 1838, then followed 'Le Paravent', another collection of short stories (1839); 'Les Ailes d'Icare' (1840); La Peau du Lion and La Chasse aux Amants (1841); L'Écueil (1842); Un Beau-père (1845); and 'Le Gentilhomme campagnard,' in 1847. Bernard wrote two comedies in collaboration with "Léonce" (Charles-Henri-Ladislas Laurençot, 1805–1862).

He died on 6 March 1850 in Sablonville (today known as Neuilly-sur-Seine). A collection of his complete works in 12 volumes was published after his death. His writings have been mostly forgotten today.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites birth certificate quoted in "Procès-verbaux et mémoires" by Académie des sciences, belles-lettres et arts de Besançon (P. Jacquin., 1885), p. 200: "Du cinquième du mois de ventôse l'an douze, deux heures et demie du soir, acte de naissance de Pierre-Charles-Marie , né le jour d'hier à sept heures du soir, fils de Pierre-Joseph Dugrail. militaire pensionné, natif de Besançon ..."

4 ventôse l'an XII = 24 February 1804.


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