Alphonse de Lamartine

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Birthday
21, 1790
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Feb 28, 1869 (78)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
21, 1790
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Feb 28, 1869 (78)

About

French Romantic poet, writer, and politician famous for his poem "Le Lac" ("The Lake"). He also published several historical works, including Histoire des Girondins and Histoire de la Turquie.

Before Fame

He came from French Catholic nobility and spent his youth on his family's provincial estate.

Trivia

He was instrumental in the establishment of the Second Republic of France. As a politician, he campaigned unsuccessfully for the French presidency; nevertheless, he helped to abolish both the death penalty and slavery in his native country.

Family Life

He wrote love poems to both Julie Charles and a working-class woman named Antoinella. However, he ultimately married Maria Ann Birch.

Associated With

He greatly influenced the literary work of French Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine.

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