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Alphonse de Lamartine

Alphonse de Lamartine Biography

Poet


ABOUT
French Romantic poet, writer, and politician famous for his poem "Le Lac" ("The Lake"). He also published several historical works, including Histoire des Girondins and Histoire de la Turquie.
BEFORE FAME
He came from French Catholic nobility and spent his youth on his family's provincial estate.

FAMILY LIFE
He wrote love poems to both Julie Charles and a working-class woman named Antoinella. However, he ultimately married Maria Ann Birch.
ASSOCIATED WITH
He greatly influenced the literary work of French Symbolist poet Paul Verlaine.
TRIVIA
He was instrumental in the establishment of the Second Republic of France. As a politician, he campaigned unsuccessfully for the French presidency; nevertheless, he helped to abolish both the death penalty and slavery in his native country.

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