Paul Valery

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Birthday
30, 1871
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 20, 1945 (73)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
30, 1871
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jul 20, 1945 (73)

About

French poet, philosopher, and author who is best known for his 1917 work La Jeune Parque. His other literary works include Album des Vers Anciens and Charmes.

Before Fame

He studied law before deciding to devote himself to a full-time literary career.

Trivia

He experienced an existential crisis -- brought on partly by the death of his literary mentor, Stephane Mallarme -- which caused him to stop writing for almost twenty years.

Family Life

He married Jeannie Gobillard in 1900; the couple raised three children.

Associated With

His poem "Palme" inspired poet James Merrill to write "Lost in Translation" in 1974.