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Mauriac, François Charles (1885–1970)

  1. David Lyle Jeffrey

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0872

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Jeffrey, D. L. 2011. Mauriac, François Charles (1885–1970). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Perhaps the premier French novelist and journalist, winner of the Grand Prize from L'academie française in 1925, elected member of the French Academy in 1933, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1952, François Mauriac is one of the leading Catholic writers of the 20th century. Among the four most widely read canonical authors in the French curriculum (the others are Camus, Sartre, and Ionesco), he stands out not so much as an existentialist but as a deeply troubled Christian moralist.


  • Mauriac, François Charles (1885–1970);
  • jansenist spirituality;
  • “a catholic who writes novels”;
  • first catholic novel, ce qui était perdu