Henry Bataille Analysis

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(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Henry Bataille is known mostly for his theatrical works, but he wrote and published lyric poetry before establishing himself in the theater.


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Although Henry Bataille won no formal awards for his work, he remains one of the handful of playwrights of the Theater of the Boulevard to leave a mark on French theatrical history. His career was rich, and for quite a few years, especially immediately before World War I, he distinguished himself by both amusing and moving a popular audience.


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)


Blanchart, Paul. Henry Bataille: Son uvre. Paris: Éditions du Carnet-Critique, 1922. A largely adulatory study, but Blanchart does recognize Bataille’s excess in plots and style, especially in his later works. Blanchart suggests that Bataille may have been led astray by desire for financial success. In French.

Catalogne, Gérard de. Henry Bataille: Ou, Le Romantisme de l’Instinct. Paris: Éditions de la Pensée Latine, 1925. Focusing in detail on La Femme nue and Maman Colibri, Catalogne sees Bataille as the playwright who best represents his era in taste, subject matter, and dramatic flair. In French.

Knowles, Dorothy. French Drama of the Inter-War Years. London: Harrap, 1967. Knowles provides what is still perhaps the best concise history of the théâtre du boulevard. Moreover, the book contains indispensable information about plots, chronology, and the milieu in which French theater developed during the period.

Pillement, Georges. “Henry Bataille.” In Anthologie du théâtre français contemporain: Le Théâtre du Boulevard. Paris: Éditions du Bélier, 1946. A detailed but harsh judgment of Bataille’s work. Pillement believes that Bataille’s best plays were written between 1914 and 1919 but that even before his death, his work was badly dated. In French.