SOULARY, JOSEPHIN [JOSEPH MARIE] (1815-1891), French poet, son of a Lyons merchant of Genoese origin (Solan), was born on the 23rd of February 1815. He entered a line regiment when he was sixteen, serving for five years. He was chef de bureau in the prefecture of the Rh6ne from 1845 to 1867, and in 1868 he became librarian to the Palais des arts in his native town. He died at Lyons on the 28th of March 1891. His works include A trovers champs (1837); Les Cinq cord.es du luth (1838); Les Ephemeres (two series, 1846 and 1857); Sonnets humoristiques (1862); Les Figulines (1862); Pendant Vinvasion (1871); Les Rimes ironiques (1877); Jeux divins (1882), and two comedies. His (Euvres poetiques were collected in three volumes (1872-1883). 'His Sonnets humoristiques attracted great attention, and charmed their readers by the mixture of gaiety and tragedy. His mastery over the technical difficulties of his art, especially in the sonnet, won him the title of the " Benvenuto of rhyme."
See also Paul Marieton, Soulary et la PUiade lyonnaise (1884).
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