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Paul Bourget

Paul Charles Joseph Bourget (French: [buʁʒɛ]; 2 September 1852 – 25 December 1935) was a French poet, novelist and critic. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature five times.

Paul Bourget was born in Amiens, France. He initially abandoned Catholicism but eventually returned to it in the late 19th century. Bourget is known for his psychological and moralistic novels that often portrayed the complex emotions of women and the ideas, passions, and failures of young men in France. Some of his notable works include Le Disciple (1889), a bestseller that explored the consequences of materialism and positivism, and other novels such as Cruelle Enigme (1885), André Cornelis (1886), and Mensonges (1887). He was admitted to the Académie française in 1894 and was promoted to be an officer of the Légion d'honneur in 1895.

Bourget's early career was marked by volumes of verse, but he later found success in literary journalism, and his critical works such as Sensations d'Italie (1891) are highly regarded. Though his novels were widely popular in his time, they have since been largely forgotten by the general reading public. Nonetheless, Bourget remains an important figure in French literature for his psychological and moralistic approach to fiction, and his influence can be seen in the works of several composers, including Claude Debussy, who set some of Bourget's poems to music.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1852 (Amiens), Died 1935 (Paris)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-11151 10-in. 10/30/1911 Romance Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor C-13899 12-in. 10/2/1913 Romance Nellie Melba Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor B-22649 10-in. 3/21/1919 Beau soir Giuseppe De Luca Tenor vocal solo, with piano and orchestra author  
Victor B-24112 10-in. 5/13/1920 Novembre Titta Ruffo Baritone vocal solo, with piano and orchestra author  
Victor B-27324 10-in. 12/18/1922 The bells Lambert Murphy Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor BVE-43617 10-in. 4/6/1928 Voici que le printemps Emilio de Gogorza Baritone vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor BVE-57524 10-in. 11/4/1929 Beau soir Mary Garden Soprano vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor BS-59006 10-in. 9/22/1932 Novembre Conrad Thibault Baritone vocal solo, with piano author  
Victor BS-0931 10-in. 10/2/1936 Romance John De Blois Wack Baritone vocal solo, with cello and piano author  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bourget, Paul," accessed July 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102059.

Bourget, Paul. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102059.

"Bourget, Paul." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 July 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102059

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