Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925

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French novelist and poet.

From the description of Pierre Louÿs Papers, 1839-1934 (bulk 1891-1919). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 85242183

Pierre Louys (1870-1925) was a French poet and writer known for his erotic and sensual themes, particular lesbian. He was good friends with André Gide and Oscar Wilde.

From the guide to the Pierre Louys Manuscripts, unknown, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Pierre Louys was a French writer of the Parnassian school.

From the guide to the Pierre Louys papers, 1890-1919 and undated., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

French poet and novelist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to an unidentified lady, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270590976

Pierre Louÿs, born December 10, 1870 in Ghent, Belgium, spent most of his life and career in France. A writer and poet, famous for his treatment of lesbian and Classical themes, some of Louÿs' most famous works include Les chansons de Bilitis and Aphrodite (moeurs antiques).

From the description of Pierre Louÿs collection, 1889-1912. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 505834088

Pierre Louÿs (1870-1925) was a French poet and writer.

From the guide to the Pierre Louÿs Sonnet, 1890, (Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida)

French author.

From the description of Contes pour les enfants. Mademoiselle Mouche : 1 rue Grétry : autograph manuscript signed, [n.d.] / Pierre Louÿs. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270592894

Pierre Louÿs was a French writer of the Parnassian school.

From the description of Papers, 1890-1919 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 81802925

Pierre-Philippe Louis, a French lawyer, and his wife, the former Claire Céline Maldan, had temporarily fled to Belgium from political turmoil in France when their second son, Pierre-Félix, was born December 10, 1870, in Ghent. Pierre-Félix became an excellent student at the École Alsacienne, where André Gide was in the class ahead of him. The two boys grew to be close friends and together founded Potache-revue in 1889. In 1890 Pierre expressed his passion for classical Greek culture by changing the spelling of his name to Louÿs (in French the name of the letter y means Greek i ) and pronouncing the final s to give it a Greek flavor.

Louÿs had another early literary friendship with the poet Paul Valéry, who was still unknown when he and Louÿs became acquainted. Both young men were members of the poet Stéphane Mallarmé's circle. For several years Louÿs was also a friend of Oscar Wilde, although they eventually quarelled, as did Louÿs and Gide. Another artist who formed an early friendship with Louÿs was the composer Claude Debussy.

Louÿs's first book was a collection of poems entitled Astarte (1891). In 1895 he published what is today his best-known work, Les chansons de Bilitis (1895), which exemplifies the type of eroticism that his work is noted for. La femme et le pantin (1898) is often considered his finest novel.

Women, including prostitutes, played a large role in Louÿs's life. He married Louise de Heredia in 1899, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1913. Among his mistresses was the dancer Claudine Roland, who died in 1920. In 1923 he married Claudine's half-sister, Aline Steenackers, the mother of his two children. A third child was born shortly after Louÿs's death on June 8, 1925.

From the guide to the Pierre Louÿs Papers TXRC06-A18., 1839-1934, (bulk 1891-1919), (The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center)

French poet, novelist, and editor.

Born Pierre-Félix Louis, this erudite aesthete was called a "grand poète de l'amour et de la mort".

From the description of Pierre Louÿs papers, 1891-1894 & no date. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 606938925

Biography

Pierre Louÿs, born December 10, 1870 in Ghent, Belgium, spent most of his life and career in France. A writer and poet, famous for his treatment of lesbian and Classical themes, some of Louÿs' most famous works include Les chansons de Bilitis and Aphrodite (moeurs antiques).

From the guide to the Pierre Louÿs Collection, 1889-1912, (University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)

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creatorOf Le Vavasseur de la Héronniere, M. Catalogue des livres du cabinet de M. Le Vavasseur [manuscript], ca. 1775-1783. Grolier Club
referencedIn Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Pierre Louÿs collection, 1889-1912. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Autograph File, L, 1641-1976. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Régnier, Henri de, 1864-1936. Flutes d'avril et de septembre : manuscript, [ca. 1894]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Autograph letter signed : [Paris], to an unidentified recipient, [1896] May 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Sympathy letters for victims of the Messina and Reggio earthquakes, 1908-1911. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Letter : Tamaris, France, to Monsieur le Directeur du "Temps," Paris, 1907 July 12. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Salomé : drame en un acte. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. [Letter, 1910?, Tamaris?, France, to Maurice de Fleury?] / Pierre Louÿs. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Héredia, José Maria de, 1842-1905. Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Pierre Loüys, 1904 Apr. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Egan, Beresford, 1905-1984. Beresford Egan correspondence, proofs, and receipts, 1929. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Autograph letter signed : [n.p., Paris?, n.d., early 1898?], to Mme M.V.A. Peter, [early 1898?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson),. Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Lehman, Evangeline Marie, 1896-1975. Evangeline Lehman papers, 1916-1974. University of Michigan
referencedIn Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Autograph letter : London, to E. Bailly in Paris, ca. 1892 Dec. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Chausson, Ernest, 1855-1899. Autograph letters signed (4), dated : Paris, Arachon, and Morgins sur Monthey, [27 October 1893, and n.d.], to Pierre Louÿs, 1893 Oct. 27 and n.d. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Régnier, Henri de, 1864-1936. Le vrai sage est celui qui fonde sur la sable ... : manuscript, [189-]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. [Poèmes choisis]. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
referencedIn Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. [La flûte de Pan ; La chevelure]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Joyner, Janet. An evening of chamber music [sound recording] University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Semans Library
referencedIn Papers concerning the Dreyfus Affair, 1826-1908 and undated. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Letter : Tamaris, France, to Monsieur le Directeur du "Temps," Paris, 1907 July 12. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Pierre Louÿs autograph letter signed, 1898 May 14. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
creatorOf Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Salomé : drame en une acte / Oscar Wilde : AMs, [1891]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Lehman, Evangeline Marie, 1896-1975. Papers, 1916-1974. University of Michigan
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Contes pour les enfants. Mademoiselle Mouche : 1 rue Grétry : autograph manuscript signed, [n.d.] / Pierre Louÿs. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Luzzatti, Arturo. Aphrodite [microform] : ópera en cuatro actos / obra musical de Arturo Luzzatti. Library of Congress
creatorOf Pierre Louÿs Sonnet, 1890 Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
creatorOf Pierre Louÿs Papers TXRC06-A18., 1839-1934, (bulk 1891-1919) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Papers, 1890-1919 and undated. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson),. Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983. Yale University Library
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Pierre Louÿs papers, 1891-1894 & no date. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Gray, John, 1866-1934. Silverpoints : autograph manuscript, [189-?]. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Pierre Louys papers, 1890-1919 and undated. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Dujardin, Edouard, 1861-1949. Edouard Dujardin Papers, 1861-1951. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Pierre Louÿs Papers, 1839-1934 (bulk 1891-1919). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925,. Autograph letter signed from Pierre Louis Louÿs to Abel Jules Maurice Lefranc, 1919 April 6. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Letter, 1903 Oct. 28 : [to unknown literature critic]. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Autograph letters signed (3, one on his visiting card) : [Paris, 4 April 1895], 17 June 1903, and [n.p., n.d.], to Pierre Louÿs, 1895 Apr. 4, 1903 June 17, and [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Autograph letters signed (13, one on his visiting card)) : [Paris, 1897-1898], and [n.d.], to René Peter, 1897-1898, 1897 Nov. 1, and [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lake, Carlton. Carlton Lake Collection of French Manuscripts, 1377-2000, (bulk 1895-1940). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Pierre Louÿs Collection, 1889-1912 University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
creatorOf Bishop, Morris, 1893-1973. Les caractères des petits maitres, 1709. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson),. Music and literary manuscripts in the Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. [Poèmes choisis]. Vanderbilt University Library, Jean and Alexander Heard Library
creatorOf Pierre Louys Manuscripts, unknown Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Les chansons de Bilitis [microform] : [musique de scene devant accompagner la récitation de douze poèmmes de Pierre Louÿs] / Cl. Debussy. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
referencedIn Edouard Dujardin Papers TXRC06-A19., 1861-1951 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Koch, Frederick R. (Frederick Robinson),. Music and literary manuscripts in the Frederick R. Koch collection, 1640-1983. Yale University Library
creatorOf Louÿs, Pierre, 1870-1925. Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to an unidentified lady, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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Critics--Correspondence--20th century
Authors, French--Correspondence--20th century
Novelists, French
Aestheticism (Literature)
French literature--19th century
Authors, French--19th century
French literature--20th century
Decadence (Literary movement)
Authors, French--20th century
Poets, French
French poetry--19th century
Literature--French
Tobacco habit
French poetry
Lesbians--Poetry
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Authors
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Authors, French
Poets, French
Poets
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Birth 1870-12-10

Death 1925-06-06

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