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(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Before becoming a playwright, François de Curel attempted for several years to write fiction. Three of his short stories appeared in French magazines between 1886 and 1894, and he published three novels: L’Été des fruits secs (1885; the summer of withered fruits), L’Orphelinat de Gaëtan (1888; the orphanage of Gaëtan), and Le Sauvetage du gran-duc (1889; the rescue of the grand duke). Charles Maurras, in reviewing the last novel, urged Curel to try writing for the theater instead—a bit of advice that Curel promptly followed.