Huysmans, Joris Karl

BORN 5 Feb 1848, Paris - DIED 12 May 1907, Paris
REAL NAME Huysmans, Charles Marie Georges
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montparnasse Cimetière (division 02)

Charles Marie Geroges Huysmans called himself Joris Karl Huysmans because his family came from the Southern Netherlands. When he was twenty he entered the Ministry of the Interior where he worked until 1897. He served in the army during the war of 1870, but dysentery prevented him from seeing action.

In 1892 he became a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur for his work as a civil servant. Apart from this professional career he conducted a literary career. His books were written in a realistic style. He was interested in the Middle Ages, magic and occultism. In 1893 he wrote an article for Le Figaro in which he accused the mystics Stanislas de Guaïta and Joséphin Péladan of killing abbé Boullan from a distance by means of black magic.

In 1895 he spent a week in the monastery of Issigny and subsequently he became a Catholic. After he left the Ministry he lived near the Benedictine monastery in Liguge. Later he returned to Paris.

He was one of the ten founding members of the Académie de Goncourt in 1900. Huysmans never married but his affair with Anna Meunier lasted for a long time.

Work: "À rebours" (1884); "La Cathédrale" (1898)"; "L'Oblat" (1903); "Les Foules de Lourdes" (1905).

Related persons
• quarreled with Péladan, Joséphin


The grave of J.K. Huysmans at the Montparnasse cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2001)


Joris-Karl Huysmans - Wikipedia

Iffland, August Wilhelm

Published: 22 May 2009
Last update: 22 Oct 2016