Tristan Bernard( 7 September 1866 - 7 December 1947 )
Tristan Bernard was a French playwright, novelist, journalist and lawyer.
Born Paul Bernard into a Jewish family in >Besançon, Doubs, Franche-Comté, France, he was the son of an architect. He left Besançon at the age of 14 years, relocating with his father to Paris, where he studied at the >Lycée Condorcet, which was noted for its numerous literary alumni. In 1888 was born his son Jean-Jacques Bernard, also a dramatist.
He studied law, but after his military service he started his career as the manager of an aluminium smelter. In the 1890s he also managed the >Vélodrome de la Seine at Levallois-Perret and the >Vélodrome Buffalo, whose events were an integral part of Parisian life, being regularly attended by personalities such as Toulouse-Lautrec. He reputedly introduced the bell to...