Joris-Karl Huysmans, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Joris-Karl Huysmans

French novelist and art critic

Date of Birth: 05-Feb-1848

Place of Birth: Paris, ĂŽle-de-France, France

Date of Death: 12-May-1907

Profession: writer, author, art critic, novelist

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius


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About Joris-Karl Huysmans

  • Charles-Marie-Georges Huysmans (US: , French: [?a?l ma?i ???? ?ism?~s]; 5 February 1848 – 12 May 1907) was a French novelist and art critic who published his works as Joris-Karl Huysmans (pronounced [?o?is ka?l -], variably abbreviated as J.
  • K.
  • or J.-K.).
  • He is most famous for the novel Ă€ rebours (1884, published in English as Against the Grain or Against Nature).
  • He supported himself by a 30-year career in the French civil service. Huysmans' work is considered remarkable for its idiosyncratic use of the French language, large vocabulary, descriptions, satirical wit and far-ranging erudition.
  • First considered part of Naturalism, he became associated with the decadent movement with his publication of Ă€ rebours.
  • His work expressed his deep pessimism, which had led him to the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer.
  • In later years, his novels reflected his study of Catholicism, religious conversion, and becoming an oblate.
  • He discussed the iconography of Christian architecture at length in La cathĂ©drale (1898), set at Chartres and with its cathedral as the focus of the book. LĂ -bas (1891), En route (1895) and La cathĂ©drale (1898) are a trilogy that feature Durtal, an autobiographical character whose spiritual progress is tracked and who converts to Catholicism.
  • In the novel that follows, L'Oblat (1903), Durtal becomes an oblate in a monastery, as Huysmans himself was in the Benedictine Abbey at LigugĂ©, near Poitiers, in 1901.
  • La cathĂ©drale was his most commercially successful work.
  • Its profits enabled Huysmans to retire from his civil service job and live on his royalties.

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