Ponson du Terrail, Pierre Alexis, Vicomte de

WRITER (FRANCE)
BORN 8 Jul 1829, Montmaur, Hautes-Alpes - DIED 10 Jan 1871, Bordeaux, Gironde
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Montmartre Cimetière, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 18, ligne 01)

Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail's first works were Gpthic novels. In 1852 he published "La Baronne Trépassée". In 1857 he started his novels around the character Rocambole. "L'Héritage Mystérieux" was the first story in the series. He wrote it after the success of Eugène Sue's "Les Mystères de Paris". Rocambole was such a success that he used the character in nine novels. In 1860 he married Louise Lucile Jarry, the daughter of the mayor of Donnery.

Outside the Rocambole series he published further novels. "La Femme Immortelle" (1869) was a vampire story. In 1870 Napoleon III surrendered to Germany and he fled from Paris to his country estate near Orláns. There he started a guerilla against the Germans, but after they burned down his castle he fled to Bordeaux. There he died in 1871, leaving his Rocambole saga uncompleted.

He was first buried in the Chartreuse cemetery in Bordeaux, but in 1878 his remains were transferred to Paris and buried in the Montmarte cemetery in Paris on 9 March in the presence of Alexandre Dumas, Jules Noriac and others.

Images

The grave of Pierre Alexis Ponson du Tarrail at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)

 

The grave of Pierre Alexis Ponson du Tarrail at the Montmartre Cimetière, Paris.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2017)

 

Sources
Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail - Wikipedia


Ponto, Erich

Published: 15 Dec 2019
Last update: 22 Dec 2019