Émile Faguet

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Émile Faguet
Portrait of Faguet, by Henri Mannes
Portrait of Faguet, by Henri Mannes
BornAuguste Émile Faguet
(1847-12-17)17 December 1847
La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée
Died7 June 1916(1916-06-07) (aged 68)
OccupationLiterary critic, and author
Alma materÉcole normale supérieure
Notable worksThe Cult of Incompetence
SpouseSuzanne Travichon

Auguste Émile Faguet (French pronunciation: ​[emil faɡɛ]; 17 December 1847 – 7 June 1916) was a French author and literary critic.[1][2]


Faguet was born at La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée, and educated at the École normale supérieure in Paris. After teaching for some time in La Rochelle and Bordeaux, he returned to Paris to act as assistant professor of poetry in the university. Faguet became professor in 1897. He was elected to the Académie française in 1900, and received the ribbon of the Légion d'honneur in the next year.[3]

Faguet acted as dramatic critic to the Soleil; from 1892 he was literary critic to the Revue Bleue; and in 1896 took the place of Jules Lemaître on the Journal des débats.[3] Faguet died in Paris, aged 68.


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  1. ^ Kitchin, William P.H. (1917). "Émile Faguet," The Catholic World, Vol. 105, No. 625, pp. 343–351.
  2. ^ Gosse, Edmund (1922). "Two French Critics: Émile Faguet-Remy de Gourmont." In: Aspects and Impressions. London: Cassell & Company, Ltd., pp. 203–223.
  3. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Faguet, Émile". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 125.
  4. ^ "M. Émile Faguet and the Eighteenth Century," The Edinburgh Review, Vol. CXCVI, 1902.
  5. ^ "A Literary History of France," The Author, Vol. VIII, 1908.
  6. ^ "Review of A Literary History of France by Émile Faguet". The Athenaeum (4172): 435–436. 12 October 1907.
  7. ^ Putnam, James J. (1915). "The Dread of Responsibility," Harvard Theological Review, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 434–438.
  8. ^ Garner, J.W. (1915). "The Dread of Responsibility by Émile Faguet," The American Political Science Review, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 399–401.

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