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Regnier, Henri Francois Joseph De

REGNIER, HENRI FRANCOIS JOSEPH DE (1864- ), French poet, was born at Honfleur (Calvados) on the 28th of December 1864, and was educated in Paris for the law. In 1885 he began to contribute to the Parisian reviews, and his verses found their way into most of the French and Belgian periodicals favourable to the symbolist writers. Having begun, however, to write under the leadership of the Parnassians, he retained the classical tradition, though 'he adopted some of the innovations of Moreas and Gustave Kahn. His gorgeous and vaguely suggestive style shows the influence of Stephane Mallarme, of whom he was an assiduous disciple. His first volume of poems, Lendemains, appeared in 1885, and among numerous later volumes are Poemes anciens et romanesques (1890), Les Jeux rustiques et divins (1890), Les Medailles d' argent (1900), La Cite des eaux (1903). He is also the author of a series of realistic novels and tales, among which are La Canne de jaspe (and ed., 1897), La Double MaHresse (sth ed., 1900), Les Vacances d'un jeune homme sage (1904), and Les Amants singuliers (1905). M. de Regnier married Mile. Marie de Heredia, daughter of the poet, and herself a novelist and poet under the name of Gerard d'Houville.

See E. Gosse, French Profiles (1905), and Poeles d'aujourd'hui (6th ed., 1905), by van Bever and Leautaud.

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

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