Barbusse, Henri
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Barbusse, Henri

(March 17, 1872, Asnières near Paris – August 30, 1935, Moscow), French writer.

Barbusse is undoubtedly one of France’s most famous war novelists. He moreover embodied the type of the left-wing intellectual wartime activist. His 1916 war novel Le Feu (English: Under Fire, 1917 and 2003) quickly earned him recognition in and outside of France.

Henri Barbusse, 1915. Henri Barbusse, 1915.

Barbusse was a member of the intellectual bourgeoisie. In 1898 he married Helyonne, daughter of the influential poet Catulle Mendès. At that time he was primarily writing poetry…

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Beaupré, Nicolas, “Barbusse, Henri”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 November 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0052>
First published online: 2015



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