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Vicaire, Louis Gabriel Charles

VICAIRE, LOUIS GABRIEL CHARLES (1848-1000), French poet, was born at Belfort on the 25th of January 1848. He served in the campaign of 1870, and then settled in Paris to practise at the bar, which, however, he soon abandoned for literature. His work was twice " crowned " by the Academy, and in 1892 he received the cross of the Legion of Honour. Born in the Vosges, and a Parisian by adoption, Vicaire remained all his life an enthusiastic lover of the country to which his family belonged La Bresse spending much of his time at Ambe'rieu. His freshest and best work is his Emaux bressans (1884), a volume of poems full of the gaiety and spirit of the old French chansons. Other volumes followed: Le Livre de la patric, L'Hture enchantee (1890), A la bonne franquetle (1892), Au bois joli (1894) and l*e Clos des f(es (1897). Vicaire wrote in collaboration with Jules Truffier two short pieces for the stage, Fleurs d'avrU (1800) and La Farce du mari refondu (1895); also the Miracle de Saint Nicolas (1888). With his friend Henri Beauclair he produced a parody of the Decadents entitled Les Deliquescence* and signed Ador Floupette. His fame rests on his maux bressans and on his Rabelaisian drinking songs; the religious and fairy poems.

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

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