Paul Claudel

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Birthday
6, 1868
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Feb 23, 1955 (86)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
6, 1868
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Feb 23, 1955 (86)

About

French poet, playwright, and diplomat known for such long, free-verse plays as Le Partage de Midi. He became a member of the prestigious Academie Francaise in 1946.

Before Fame

He converted to Catholicism at the age of eighteen and considered entering a monastery; instead, he joined the French Diplomatic Corps.

Trivia

He sparked a controversy by committing his artist sister, Camille Claudel, to a mental institution for the final thirty years of her life. Sadly, she may not have been psychologically disturbed enough to justify such measures.

Family Life

He married Reine Sainte-Marie Perrin.

Associated With

He was influenced by the work of Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud.

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