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B. De Courrière, 1852-1914/1918

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1852.06.01
Place of Birth: Lille
Date of Death: 1914/1918
Place of Death:

Identity:

B. De Courrière, was possibly Berthe Courriere, called Mme de Courriere, who was an author.

Life:

Mme de Courrière wrote for the Mercure de France in Paris, having been introduced by Remy de Gourmont. She was the inspiration for J.-K. Huysmans' character Hyacinthe Chantelouve in his novel La-Bas. It was Courrière who introduced Huysmans to Abbé Mugnier, who converted Huysmans to Catholicism.

Bibliography:

Dictionnaire de biographie francaise, Paris, 1933 et seq., vol. 9, p. 987; Descaves, Lucien, Deux amis: J.-K.Huysmans et l'abbé Mugnier, Paris, 1946.