HÉROLD, André-Jules-Ferdinand

HÉROLD, André-Jules-Ferdinand. Paris 24.2.1865 — Lapras (St.Basile, Ardèche) 23.10.1949. French Poet interested in Sanskrit. Son of the famous lawyer and politician Ferdinand H. (1828–1882), grandson of the composer Ferdinand H. (1791–1833). Studie at École de chartes, but moved to É.P.H.É. Licensié-ès-lettres. Lived in Paris. He was a “poète délicat et tendre”, a symbolist, who used much Greek mythology in his work. Translated Greek and Sanskrit classics.

Publications: poems and dramas since 1888, on Indian inspiration poem L’Exil de Harini. 1888; and drama Savitri. 1899.

translated: L’upanischad du grand Aranyaka. 159 p. P. 1894; L’Anneau de Çakuntala. 1895; other Indian dramas; Greek dramas.

– “L’Inde à la Comédie-Française et à la Comédie-Italienne en 1777”, Mélanges S. Lévi 1911, 41-65.

Sources: La Grande Encyclopédie 5; D.B.F. 17; P. van Tieghem, Dictionnaire des littérateurs; French Wikipédia with caricature (mainly ignoring his Indian interests).

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