Bois, Jules, 1871-1943

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Henri Antoine Jules-Bois was born in Marseilles, France. The year of his birth is variously given as 1868, 1869, or 1871, depending on the source. He was educated at the College of St. Ignatius, where he received his A.B. and B.Sc. degrees, at the Collège de France, where he was granted the Litt.D, and at the Sorbonne, where he earned a Ph.D. Jules-Bois' interests were wide-ranging. The women's emancipation movement of the 1890's inspired novels such as 'L'Ève nouvelle' and 'La femme inquiète', while his interest in occultism, parapsychology, satanism and theosophy resulted in a number of publications, including 'L'au delà et les forces inconnues', 'Le monde invisible', 'Les petites religions de Paris' and 'Le satanisme et la magie.' He also wrote poetry and symbolic plays in verse such as 'Les deux Hélène' and 'La furie', the proposed production of which at the Comédie-Française created a controversy which resulted in the resignation of the company's director. Jules-Bois' travels took him to the Middle and Far East, as well as to Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. His encounters with Swami Vivekananda and Rabindranath Tagore during a trip through India sparked an interest in Asian philosophy which resulted in the writing of 'Visions de l'Inde', which describes his search for truth in Indian philosophy. He was active in the Society for Psychological Research of Paris, of which he served as president, and other learned societies. At the École de Psychologie of the Sorbonne Jules-Bois was professor of the "superconscious". At the time of his death on July 2, 1943, he was writing a book on the psychology of the saints.

From the description of The H. A. Jules-Bois papers, 1824-1945 (bulk 1930-1940). (Georgetown University). WorldCat record id: 191821306

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associatedWith Beach, H. H. A., Mrs., 1867-1944. person
associatedWith Bernard, Valère, 1860-1936. person
associatedWith Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. person
associatedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963. person
associatedWith Marinetti, Filippo Tommaso, 1876-1944. person
associatedWith Redon, Odilon, 1840-1916. person
associatedWith Schuffenecker, Claude Emile, 1851-1934. person
associatedWith Yaddo (Artist's colony) corporateBody
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French poetry--20th century


Birth 1868-09-29

Death 1943-07-02






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