Auguste Brizeux

Heather Williams
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Auguste Brizieux was born in Lorient on the south coast of Brittany in 1803. His father was a naval surgeon who died when Auguste was just eight, and from 1811 to 1816 the young boy was raised by his uncle, a priest at Arzano in western Brittany. He attended schools at Vannes and Arras before pursuing legal studies in Paris from 1824, where he led something of a bohemian life, mixing with artists and fellow Bretons such as La Villemarqué and Le Gonidec. Following some minor publications – a play called


, written jointly with

P. Busoni, and an anonymously published biography of Madame de La Vallière (both 1829) – Auguste Brizeux came to prominence in 1831, when his hugely successful volume of poetry


 catapulted Brittany onto the Parisian literary scene. With this volume,…

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Citation: Williams, Heather. "Auguste Brizeux". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 December 2017 [, accessed 22 April 2024.]

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