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Andre Maurois
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    (July 26, 1885-October 9, 1967)
    Born in Elbeuf, France
    Birth name was Emile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog
    Wrote the novels 'The Silence of Colonel Bramble' (1918), 'Atmosphere of Love' (1928), 'A Time for Silence' (1942) and 'September Roses' (1958)
    Wrote biographies of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, Voltaire, George Sand, Marcel Proust, King Edward VII, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, Robert and Elizabeth Browning, the Marquis de Lafayette and Alexander Fleming
    Other non-fiction works include 'Aspects of Biography' (1928), 'Poets and Prophets' (1935), 'The Miracle of England' (1937), 'Tragedy in France' (1940), 'The Miracle of the United States' (1944) and 'The Miracle of France' (1947)
    He put off his literary ambitions for over a decade to run the family cloth factory.
    He used a pseudonym because of worries that his first novel, inspired by his experiences as liaison to the British army in WWI, might be considered insulting to the English.
    His first biography, 'Ariel' about Shelley, was panned by critics for its inaccuracy.
    He made sure to carefully research his later biographies, with the Times of London declaring, 'M. Andre Maurois is the greatest living biographer. He is objective, subtle, truthful, painstaking and he has the flair of a true biographer.'
    He was one of the first prominent figures in France to warn against the British and French policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler.
    He served with the Free French forces in World War II.
    He said of his prolific output, 'The job of a writer is to write.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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