The philosopher and epistomologist Gaston Bachelard was born on 27 June 1887 in the small French village of Bar-sur-Aube of the Champagne-Ardenne region, to a modest family (his father and grandfather were both clog-makers), and died of leukaemia on 16 October 1962 in Paris, aged 78. His body now lies in the town in which he was born. Gaston Bachelard had a difficult upbringing. An avid reader and a diligent student, his perseverance and passion assured his success. After obtaining the Baccalaureate, Gaston Bachelard first earned his living as a postal worker in the Vosges of Remiremont. Then, whilst working a 60 hour week as a postman in Paris’ Gare de l’Est he studied the sciences and obtained a degree in mathematics in …

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Abecassis, Michael. "Gaston Bachelard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 February 2010
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