Paul Valéry( 30 October 1871 - 20 July 1945 )
Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. In addition to his poetry and fiction , his interests included aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events. Valéry was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 12 different years.
Valéry was born to a Corsican father and Genoese-Istrian mother in >Sète, a town on the Mediterranean coast of the >Hérault, but he was raised in Montpellier, a larger urban center close by. After a traditional Roman Catholic education, he studied law at university, then resided in Paris for most of the remainder of his life, where he was, for a while, part of the circle of ">Stéphane Mallarmé.
In 1900, he married Jeannie Gobillard, a friend of ">Stéphane Mallarmé's family, who was also a niece of the...