Ferdinand Fabre (1827-1898)

Ferdinand Fabre
Ferdinand Fabre

Ferdinand Fabre (1827-1898), French novelist who is said to have founded the French regional novel with studies of country life. He was born at Bedarieux, in Herault in which he made his uniquely individual literature. Born the son of an architect who failed in business, he was brought up by his uncle the Abbe Fulcran Fabre.

During his childhood he gave an account Ma Vocation (1889). He was destined for work in the clergy and was sent for that cause to the seminary in St Pons de Thomieres, where, in 1848, he had, as he believed, an ecstatic vision of Christ, who warned him "It is not the will of God that thou shouldst be a priest." He attempted medicine at Montpellier, but took alternate employment as a lawyer's clerk in Paris.

In 1853 he published a volume of verses, Feuilles de lierre after which his health suffered, and retired to his old home at Bedrieux. About a decade later he appeared in Paris with the manuscript of his earliest novel Le Courbezon (1862) in which he addressed the subject of country priests in the Cevennes. The work met with success, and was crowned a great literary achievement by many in the profession of the arts.

Fabre settled into a life producing novels, a total of about 20 by the time of his death.


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