Anatole France, French author

Anatole France, French author

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Caption: Anatole France (1844-1924), French author, poet and novelist. France's most famous works include 'Penguin Island' (1908), 'The Gods Are Athirst' (1912) and 'The Revolt of the Angels' (1914). These works range from satires on human nature, to historical fiction set at the time of the French Revolution, to philosophical treatises. Other works include the play 'Crainquebille' (1903) and 'Monsieur Bergeret' (1901) on the Dreyfus Affair. Elected to the French Academy in 1896, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921 for his 'nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament'. Silver gelatin print from 1920.

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