About, Edmond Francois (1828-1885)

About, Edmond Francois Valentin, French author, was born at Dienze, in Lorraine, February 14, 1828. After a brilliant course at the Lycee Charlemagne and ficole Normale in Paris, he studied archeology at Athens ; and then returning to Paris, devoted himself to a literary career. He received the Cross of the Legion of Honour in 1868, and was elected to the Academy in 1884, but died just before his formal reception, January 17, 1885. His works include La Grece contemporaine (1854), Le Roi des Montagues (1856 ; Eng. trans. 1897), Madelon (1863), Trente et Quarante (1865), Alsace (1872), which cost him a week's imprisonment at the hands of the Germans, and Le Roman d'un Brave Homme (1880).
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 8.

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