ALAIN-FOURNIER (1886-1914) French novelist (real name Henri-Alban Fournier) who was killed in World War I. His one novel, Le Grand Meaulnes, translated first as The Lost
Domain but published later in English under its French title, is a semi-mythopoeic exploration of adolescent romanticism set in a magical landscape. It was partly autobiographical; but the theme is essentially that of the "Sleeping Beauty".
It is unique; but it perfectly exemplifies a Gallic tendency towards the modernistic, sophisticated romance. His greatest achievement was his re-creation of the countryside of the Solagne.
Selected Books & Recommended Reading
Le Grand Meaulnes
No English adjective will convey all the shades of meaning that can be read into the simple word grand which takes on overtones as the story progresses.
In 1914, Alain-Fournier began writing a new
book Colombe Blanchet, which remained unfinished as he had to join the armed
forces in 1914 . The following month he lost his life. He was just shy of his 28th birthday.
His body remained unidentified until 1991, at which time he was laid to rest in the cemetary of Saint Remy la Colonne