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Amica America

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Title:Amica America
Giraudoux, Jean-Hippolyte   
(1 of 7 for author by title)
Kein Krieg in Troja
Published:   1918
Tags:autobiography, fiction, travel, U.S.A.

Highly imaginative and positive portrait of the United States following a visit. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:82 Info

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Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux (Oct. 29, 1882,—Jan. 31, 1944), was a French dramatist who wrote 15 plays, most initially staged by the actor-director Louis Jouvet and later internationally acclaimed. Giraudoux was also a prose writer and served France as a diplomat and government official.

Giraudoux was born in the village of Bellac and studied at the École Normale Supérieure. In his youth he traveled extensively — to Germany, Italy, the Balkans, Canada, and the United States, where he spent a year (1906-07) as an instructor at Harvard. Returning to France, he served in World War I, was twice wounded, and became the first writer ever to be awarded the wartime Legion of Honor.

His worldwide importance rests on such plays as Amphitryon 38 (1929; Eng. trans., 1938), Judith (1931), Tiger at the Gates (1935; Eng. adaptation of La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu, 1955, by Christopher Fry), Ondine (1939; Eng. trans., 1961), and The Madwoman of Chaillot (1945; Eng. trans., 1949), which was published and produced posthumously. Giraudoux also wrote five novels, the best known being My Friend from Limousin (1922; Eng. trans., 1923) and Bella (1926; Eng. trans., 1927), and numerous short stories. He was one of France's outstanding essayists during the interwar years, best known for such literary studies as Racine (1930) and such political studies as Pleins Pouvoirs (Full Powers, 1939). At the start of World War II, he served as minister of information under Premier Édouard Daladier.

Giraudoux’s dramatic and narrative style is a rich and inimitable blend of allusive prose, allegory, fantasy, and political and psychological perceptions. He tempered tragic themes with rueful comedy, as though he wished to unite the contrasting qualities of Racine, Molière, Maeterlinck, and Baudelaire.

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