Louis-Henri-Jean Farigoule Additional Biography


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Louis-Henri-Jean Farigoule’s contribution to French literature is noteworthy for its varied genres, originality of thought, and constancy through nearly seven decades. As Jules Romains (roh-man), he wrote steadily for most of his eighty-seven years, producing more than one hundred titles, among them a novel of twenty-seven volumes, internationally acclaimed dramas, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. In addition, as cofounder of the French literary movement “Unanimism,” Romains gave to literature an original manner in which to view the world.{$S[A]Farigoule, Louis-Henri-Jean;Romains, Jules}

Born in Saint-Julien-Chapteuil, Romains soon moved to Paris, where he lived until age nineteen. An intelligent student, he attended the same elementary school where his father was teaching. Later, he embarked on the challenging khâgne, the preparatory course for the prestigious Êcole Normale Supérieure. Academically, he remained at the head of his class. Romains began writing early, completing a comedy at age nine and a five-act political drama (“Tsar”) at fifteen. However, it was poetry that brought his first widespread literary recognition with the 1908 publication of his book La Vie unanime. After earning degrees in science and philosophy, he taught philosophy until deciding in 1919 to devote himself full-time to writing.

Romains broke with his Catholic upbringing at fourteen. Eventually, he conceived the general principles of Unanimism. At eighteen, while out walking through Paris one evening, he beheld a vision of the whole city collectively representing a single entity—all people, shops, animals,...

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