Born in Paris in 1900 of American parents, his mother being from Savannah, his father from Virginia, Julian Hartridge Green’s early years were nourished by his mother’s stories of the American Civil War, the Secession and the Deep South. These stories were tainted with nostalgia and melancholy because the South had lost the war. This sense of a

nostalgie d’un pays perdu

remained as an undercurrent in Green’s work and reached its climax in the 1980s and 1990s with the publication of his trilogy of novels,

Les Pays lointains


The Distant Lands

] (1987),

Les Etoiles du Sud


The Stars of the South

] (1989) and



Green’s spiritual formation, the key elements of which were a daily reading of the Bible in English (the King James version) and the abiding influence of his

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Citation: O'Dwyer, Michael. "Julien Green". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 January 2013 [, accessed 18 July 2024.]

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