Léon de Wailly

Léon de Wailly
Born Armand François Léon de Wailly
28 July 1804
Died 25 April 1864(1864-04-25) (aged 59)
Occupation Novelist, playwright, translator

Armand François Léon de Wailly (28 July 1804 – 25 April 1864) was a 19th-century French novelist, playwright, adaptator and translator.


Born into a family of writers and academics, graduated from the École des chartes, Léon de Wailly became a close friend of Alfred de Vigny and worked as private secretary for Sosthène de La Rochefoucauld. [1] He became known for his numerous translations of English writers (poetry) and his collaboration with P. J. Stahl in the adaptation of British classics (including William Shakespeare). Gustave de Wailly was his brother.



He translated works from Matthew Gregory Lewis (The Monk), Jonathan Swift, Shakespeare, Henry Fielding (The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling), Robert Burns (Poésies complètes), Laurence Sterne (The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman) and also Fanny Burney (Evelina).




  1. Correspondance d'Alfred de Vigny: août 1830-septembre 1835, 1989, PUF, (p. 555)


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