|NOVELIST, PLAYWRIGHT (FRANCE)|
BORN 1 Sep 1803, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône - DIED 1 Sep 1866, Paris|
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 21)
Léon Gozlan was the son of a rich businessman. When he was a child his father lost his fortune and he had to go to sea to earn a living before his education at the Lycée de Marseille was completed. After travelling to Africa he went to Paris where he published his travel memories and worked as a columnist after the author Joseph Méry (1797-1866) introduced him to the right people. His articles in the Figaro were not favourable to the government under Charles X. The critics like his book "Les Intimes" that was published in 1834.
He is best known for his book "Balzac en pantoufles" (1856) and he succeeded Balzac as the president of the Société des gens de lettres. He also presided over the Société des auteurs et compositeurs dramatiques. His play "la Pluie et le beau temps" was staged at the Théâtre Français in 1861.
wrote about Balzac, Honoré de
was helped by Méry, Joseph
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