Schwob, Marcel, 1867-1905
Marcel Schwob (1867-1905) was a prolific Jewish French writer best known for his symbolic short stories and newspaper articles.
Marcel Schwob was born on August 23, 1867 in Chaville, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to parents George Schwob and Mathilde Cahun. As a child and young adult he enjoyed reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson, which would influence his writing later in life. His parents put a strong emphasis on education during his childhood, so as a child Schwob was multilingual and had many tutors and opportunities to further his studies. In 1881, Schwob studied at Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, France and in 1884 he received his baccalauréat.
In 1885, Schwob served in the military and when he returned three years later he continued to take linguistic courses. He also began his literary career by working at the Archives Nationales in 1890 and contributing articles to French newspapers and magazines such as Le Phare and L'Echo de Paris. He published his first collection of stories titled Coeur double in 1891, and continued to publish short stories, books, and articles until 1895. The last few years of his life were marked by persistent illness, but Schwob still married Marguerite Moreno, a French actress, in 1900, and traveled to Samoa and throughout Europe in 1901 and 1904.
Schwob died on February 26, 1905 in Paris, France.
Citation:Harold B. Lee Library Digital Collections, via WWW, March 4, 2014 (born August 23, 1867; Chaville, France; George Schwob and Mathilde Cahun; parents strong emphasis on education; multilingual; tutors and educational opportunities; 1881, Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, France; 1884, baccalauréat; 1885, military; took linguistic courses three years later; worked at archives nationales in 1890; articles to French newspapers; Le Phare, L'Echo de Paris; published first collection of short stories in 1891, Couer double; published literary work until 1895; persistent illness; married Marguerite Moreno in 1900, actress; traveled to Samoa, 1901; traveled through Europe 1904; died February 26, 1905 in Paris, France)
His Mœurs des diurnales, 1926.
W.G.C. Byvanck papers, 1891(Marcel Schwob (23 August 1867-12 February 1905) was a Jewish French writer)
Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:
Photocopies of handwritten and signed letters addressed to Marcel Schwob, a French writer. The items are in French. Byvanck writes about the history of the colloquial French language and Francois Villon, a French poet.
Contains a bound paper photocopy of Byvanck's notes from interviews with impressionist artists in preparation for the book Un Hollandais a Paris en 1891. The impressionists he wrote about include artists such as: Aristide Bruant, Jean Moreas, Ernet Raynaud, Paul Verlaine, Leon Cahun, Claude Monet, Jules Renard, and Maurice Barres. The manuscript was sent to Marcel Schwob (1867-1905), who wrote corrections in the margins. The original is lost.
Handwritten letters in French with typewritten copies. Also included are 13 reels of microfilm. The materials are originals and copies of published and unpublished letters of Schwob. Most of the items were written to Schwob's parents and deal largely with family matters.
Miscellaneous papers and photographs relating to Marcel Schwob. Two of the items are birth certificates for Isaac Schwob, two of the items are portraits of Schwob, a certificate of marriage, and a publisher's agreement.