Émile Faguet

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Émile Faguet
Portrait of Faguet, by Henri Mannes
Portrait of Faguet, by Henri Mannes
Born Auguste Émile Faguet
(1847-12-17)17 December 1847
La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée
Died 7 June 1916(1916-06-07) (aged 68)
Occupation Literary critic, and author
Alma mater École normale supérieure
Notable works The Cult of Incompetence
Spouse Suzanne Travichon

Auguste Émile Faguet (French pronunciation: ​[emil faɡɛ]; 17 December 1847 – 7 June 1916) was a French author and literary critic.[1][2]


Faguet was born at La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée, and educated at the École normale supérieure in Paris. After teaching for some time in La Rochelle and Bordeaux, he returned to Paris to act as assistant professor of poetry in the university. He became professor in 1897. He was elected to the Académie française in 1900, and received the ribbon of the Légion d'honneur in the next year.

He acted as dramatic critic to the Soleil; from 1892 he was literary critic to the Revue Bleue; and in 1896 took the place of Jules Lemaître on the Journal des débats. He died in Paris, aged 68.


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  1. ^ Kitchin, William P.H. (1917). "Émile Faguet," The Catholic World, Vol. 105, No. 625, pp. 343–351.
  2. ^ Gosse, Edmund (1922). "Two French Critics: Émile Faguet-Remy de Gourmont." In: Aspects and Impressions. London: Cassell & Company, Ltd., pp. 203–223.
  3. ^ "M. Émile Faguet and the Eighteenth Century," The Edinburgh Review, Vol. CXCVI, 1902.
  4. ^ "A Literary History of France," The Author, Vol. VIII, 1908.
  5. ^ Putnam, James J. (1915). "The Dread of Responsibility," Harvard Theological Review, Vol. 8, No. 3, pp. 434–438.
  6. ^ Garner, J.W. (1915). "The Dread of Responsibility by Émile Faguet," The American Political Science Review, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 399–401.

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