Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson, c. 1808. Musée d’Histoire de la Ville et du Pays Malouin.

François-René de Chateaubriand

(1768 - 1848)

The youngest of ten children, François-René de Chateaubriand was raised in a castle in northwest France. Exiled from home during the French Revolution, he lived as an impoverished writer in London. He returned to France when the monarchy ascended once more, becoming a viscount and continuing to write the works, including Memoirs from Beyond the Grave, that would make him a founder of French Romanticism and muse to authors such as Lord Byron and Victor Hugo.

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François-Auguste-René de Chateaubriand complained late in life that he was going deaf. When someone mentioned the malady to Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand, he remarked, “He only thinks he is deaf because he can no longer hear anyone talking about him.”

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