Spring 1943 • Vol. V No. 2 Nonfiction |

François Mauriac

François Mauriac belongs to the generation of French writers born between two other generations: the first, including Claudel, Gide, Proust, and Valéry, all of whom were born about 1870; and the last generation, born with the century, including such writers as Mairaux, Giono, Saint-Exupéry. Of those mentioned in the oldest living generation, only Proust is dead, and all four unquestionably have their place in the highest rank of French letters. (In richness and brilliance only one other group is comparable, that born about 1622, which includes La Fontaine, Moliere, and Pascal.) Mauriac's own generation, born about 1885, has given many celebrated names: Roger Martin du Gard, Giraudoux, Duhamel, Jules Romains—but already the test of years seems to be assigning him the first place of importance. His work is very large: three volumes of verse, almost twenty novels, almost twenty volumes of literary criticism, a play, and two volumes of his journal. It is difficult to realize th

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