Died on this day – 25 March

Novalis – the pseudonym of Georg Philipp Freiherr von Hardenberg – the author and philosopher was born in 1772.  He suffered from tuberculosis and died in Montmorillon on 25 March 1802, aged 29.

John Drinkwater (born 1882), the English poet and dramatist died in Montmorillon on 25 March 1937.

Frederic Mistral (born 1830) was a French writer and lexicographer of the Occitan language.  Mistral was a founder of Felibrige, a literary and cultural association formed to promote the Occitan language and still existing today.  His epic poem Mireille was published in 1859.  Mistral died in Montmorillon on 25 March 1914.  “He who has seen Paris and not Cassis has seen nothing” he wrote.

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Written by glasskey

I am a secondhand and antiquarian bookseller living in France. I have a bookshop in the Cité de l'Ecrit, Montmorillon, near Poitiers. I also sell books on-line through my own website and through various open sites like Abe books, Amazon and Biblio.

1 comment

  1. Mistral nor the tramontano wasn’t an occitan lexicographer, but just a provençal one. Pretty much difference as a welsh and a scottish.
    By the way The Felibrige confederation of provençals poets send me his last verse.
    Si Mireïo fos ma preferit
    Montmorilló fos mon tumbal
    Perqué Mireïo m’hen donat la cigala ferrit
    M. A. de Segobriga

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