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Francoise Auguste de Chateaubriand

a.k.a. Francoise-Auguste-Rene vicomte de Chateaubriand

Author Code: FFAC

Born: Sep. 4, 1768 - Saint-Malo, France

Died: Jul. 4, 1848 - Paris, France

Educated in schools in Dol, Rennes and Dinan, Chateaubriand embarked on a military career when he was 17, and was commissioned in the French army, later rising to the rank of captain. At the outset of the Revolution, he decided against joining the Royalists and instead sailed for America in April 1791. While in America, he travelled around the region of Niagara Falls and experienced Indians and fur traders at first hand; experience that he would later draw upon in his novels. He returned to France in 1792 and joined the emigre Royalist army and was subsequently wounded at the siege of Thionville. He was discharged and left for exile, first to Jersey and in 1793 to England. In London he taught and translated and began working on his Essay on Revolutions. He returned to Paris in 1800 and worked as a journalist. In 1801, he published the very successful Atala, set in America. In 1802, he published The Genius of Christianity which was applauded by the Royalists as well as Napoleon. The following year, he was appointed first secretary to the Rome embassy by Napoleon. In 1811, he was elected to the French Academy and in 1815 was made a viscount and a member of the House of Peers. Always in financial difficulties because of his extravagant life style, he began a relationship with Mme Recamier, a rich benefactor. he held a number of political positions during the 1820s, including Ambassador to Prussia, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to the Holy See. After the Revolution of 1830, Chateaubriand spent most of the rest of his life as a recluse. He is considered the founder of French Romanticism. His other works include Rene (1802), The Martyrs (1809), Les Natchez (1826), American Voyage (1827), Historical Studies (1831), La Vie de Rance (1844) and Memoirs From Beyond the Grave (1849-50 Posthumous).

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