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Tristan CORBIERE

French Tristan CORBIERE

born Edouard-Joachim CORBIERE

French poet

Source :  Olivier MAMÈDE-VALLÉE

Born: on July 18, 1845 in Morlaix, France
Died: on March 01, 1875 in Morlaix, France


Biography

Tristan Corbière was born in Coat-Congar, Ploujean, near Morlaix in Brittany, where he lived most of his life and where he died.

His mother Marie-Angélique-Aspasie Puyo, 19 years old at the time of his birth, belonged to one of the most prominent families of the local bourgeoisie. His father was Antoine-Édouard Corbière, known for his best-selling novel Le Négrier.

During his schooling at the Imperial Lycée of Saint-Brieuc where he studied from 1858 until 1860, he fell prey to a deep depression, and, over several freezing winters, contracted the severe rheumatism which was to disfigure him severely. He blamed his parents for having placed him there, far from his family's care and affection. Difficulties in adapting to the harsh discipline of the college's noble débris (distinguished relics, i.e., teachers) gradually developed those characteristics of anarchic disdain and sarcasm which were to give much of his verse its distinctive voice.

His work was little known until Paul Verlaine included him in his gallery of poètes maudits, "accursed poets"; but Verlaine's recommendation was enough to get his work noticed and established him as one of the masters acknowledged by the Symbolists.

His only published verse in his lifetime appeared in Les amours jaunes, 1873. Corbière died of tuberculosis at the age of 29.

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