Romain Rolland

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Romain Rolland (1866-1944) was a French author, dramatist and essayist whose interests covered a wide range of areas including history, musicology, biography, pacifism, politics, and Eastern philosophy. His thoughts on this breadth of sympathies are recorded with perspicacity in his novels, essays, biographies, plays and prolific correspondence. It was his epic novel,


,that established his reputation in the literary world; the novel is now translated into more than twenty languages, attesting to its universal and lasting appeal. Written over nearly a ten year period, it reflects, like most of his work, his changing patterns of thought, which would at times disconcert his friends and contemporaries. Besides his literature, he is also remembered for his pacifism, opposition…

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Citation: Yeoland, Rosemary Hamilton. "Romain Rolland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 July 2012 [, accessed 20 May 2024.]

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