Jean-Louis Curtis

Jean-Louis Curtis (22 May 1917 – 11 November 1995),[1] pseudonym of Albert Laffitte, was a French novelist best known for his second novel The Forests of the Night (French: Les Forêts de la nuit),[1] which won France's highest literary award the Prix Goncourt in 1947. He is the author of over 30 novels.[2]

Curtis was born in Orthez, Pyrénées-Atlantiques.[2] He was one of the founders of the literary monthly La Table Ronde in 1948. He was elected to the Académie française in 1986.[2]

Martin Seymour-Smith said of Curtis in the early 1980s:

He is one of the best of the 'conventional' novelists now writing in France, but is very uneven: he is not worried about originality of technique, and prefers to concentrate on what he can do well, which is to anatomize bourgeois societies and 'artistic' communities.[3]

The author Michel Houellebecq made a homage to him in a long passage in La carte et le territoire (prix Goncourt 2010).



  1. 1 2 Curtis, Jean-Louis. (2009). In Encyclopædia Britannica, Retrieved March 20, 2009, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online
  2. 1 2 3 Obituary, The New York Times, November 12, 1995
  3. 1 2 Martin Seymour-Smith, The New Guide to Modern World Literature, 1985. pg. 498
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 Quote by James Kirkup in Obituary in The Independent 14 Nov 1995.

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