Educated at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, Prevost spent some time as an engineer before obtaining a position in the civil service. In 1890, he resigned his position to take up writing and produced a series of novels in the ensuing years, usually with a strong moral overtone and often dealing with feminine issues. In 1891, his The Confession of a Lover was very popular. His most famous work is undoubtedly The Half-Virgin (1894). He was elected to the French Academy in 1909 and was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1935. From 1922 to 1940, Prevost was the Director of the Revue de France. His other works include Laura Couisine (1890), The Fall of a Woman (1893), Secret Garden (1897), Don Juanes (1922) and The Death of Ormeaux (1938).
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