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Ohnet, Georges

OHNET, GEORGES (1848- ), French novelist and man of letters, was born in Paris on the 3rd of April 184S. After the war of 1870 he became editor of the Pays and the Consiitutionnel in succession. In collaboration with the engineer and dramatist Louis Denayrouze (b. 1848) he produced the play Regina Sarpi, and in 1877 Marlhe. He was an admirer of Georges Sand and bitterly opposed to the reahstic modern novel. He began a series of novels, Les Batailles dc la vie, of a simple and idealistic character, which, although attacked by the critics as unreal and commonplace, were very popular. The series included Serge Panine (1881) which was crowned by the Academy; Le Maitrc de forges (1882), La Grande Marniere (1885), Volonte (1888), Dernier amour (1891). Many of his novels have been dramatized with great success, Le Maitre dc forges, produced at the Gymnase in 1883, holding the stage for a whole year. His later pubhcations include Le Crepiiscide (1902), Le Marchand de poisons (1903), La Conqueranie (1905), La Dixieme Mtise (1906).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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