Louis Ratisbonne, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Louis Ratisbonne

French essayist

Date of Birth: 29-Jul-1827

Place of Birth: Strasbourg, France

Date of Death: 24-Sep-1900

Profession: writer, poet, librarian, journalist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About Louis Ratisbonne

  • Louis Gustave FortunĂ© Ratisbonne (29 July 1827 – 24 September 1900) was a French man of letters. He was born at Strasbourg.
  • He was the son of the banker Adolphe Ratisbonne and his wife Charlotte Oppenheim (daughter of Salomon Oppenheim), and the nephew of the priests Marie Theodor Ratisbonne and Marie-Alphonse Ratisbonne.
  • He studied at the school of his native town and at the College Henry IV in Paris.
  • He was connected with the Journal des Debats from 1853 to 1876; became librarian of the palace of Fontainebleau in 1871, and three years later to the Senate. Louis Ratisbonne's most important work was a verse translation of the La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy), in which the original is rendered tercet by tercet into French.
  • L'Enfer (1852) was crowned by the Academy; Le Purgatoire (1857) and Le Paradis 1859) received the prix Bordin. He is also the author of some charming fables and verses for children: La ComĂ©die enfantine (1860), Les Figures jeunes (1865) and others.
  • He was literary executor of Alfred de Vigny, whose DestinĂ©es (1864) and Journal d'un poète (1867) he published.
  • Ratisbonne died in Paris. Through the influence of Thiers, Ratisbonne was appointed librarian at Fontainbleau, where he succeeded Octave Feuillet, and later he was transferred to the Palais du Luxembourg.

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