Life and career
Jean Guéhenno, writer and educator, was a prominent contributor to the NRF. He was editor-in-chief of the literary journal Europe from 1929 until May 1936. Guéhenno wrote one novel, The Dead Youth, based on his memories of World War I.
During the Nazi occupation of France, Guéhenno refused to publish, believing to do so would be collaboration. Instead he kept a secret journal, chronicling the infringement by the Vichy government of traditional French rights and values, and his own efforts in behalf of the Resistance. This was published in France in 1947.
According to the translator's introduction, it is "the book French readers have turned to most readily for an account of life under German occupation." The Wall Street Journal included "at the top entry in her list of the Five Best books on the French Resistance "
Jean Guéhenno was elected to the Académie française on 25 January 1962.
- List of Jean Guéhenno’s contributions to the NRF, Gallimard website.(French)
- La Jeunesse morte : review of the book.(French)
- New York Times: Shedding Light on Nazi-Occupied Paris - David Ball’s Translation of ‘Diary of the Dark Years’
- page xi.
- Translator's entry, p. xi
- WallStreet journal
- Works by or about Jean Guéhenno at Internet Archive
- "Jean Guéhenno's books on Gallimard's website" (in French).