Edmond About Biography
Edmond François Valentin About was a French novelist, journalist, and playwright. He was born in 1828 and died in 1885. He is best known for his satirical novels and plays, which often mocked the excesses of the Second Empire in France.
About began his career as a journalist, working for various newspapers and magazines. He also wrote several plays, but they were not successful. He found more success as a novelist, with his first novel, "The Scene of the Crime," published in 1857. This was followed by several other satirical novels, including "The King of Schnock," "The Man with the Broken Ear" and "The Devil in Paris" which mocked the Second Empire and its excesses.
About's writing often dealt with the hypocrisy and corruption of the French society of the time, and he was a vocal critic of the government. Despite his success, he fell out of favor with the literary establishment and struggled financially for much of his life. He died in poverty in 1885 at the age of 57. Despite his struggles, his work remains popular and continues to be read and studied today.
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