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Edmond About (1828–1885)

About, Edmond (ä-bö’). A distinguished French novelist; born in Dieuze, Lorraine, Feb. 14, 1828; died in Paris, Jan. 17, 1885. One of the few younger authors of note who adhered to the second empire, he enjoyed the special favor of Napoleon III., and in 1870 accompanied the army of Marshal MacMahon as reporter for Le Soir. In that paper, after the war, and from 1875 as editor-in-chief of the XIX. Siècle, he was the champion of the moderate republicans. He was elected a member of the Academy in 1884. Among his best works are: ‘Contemporaneous Greece’ (1855); ‘Tolla Féraldi’ (1855); ‘The King of the Mountains’ (1856); ‘The Marriages of Paris’ (6 tales, 1856); ‘The Man with the Broken Ear’ (1861); ‘A Notary’s Nose’ (1862); ‘Madelon’ (1863); ‘The Infamous One’ (1866–69); ‘Romance of a Good Man’ (1880), directed against Zola and his school; ‘The Roman Question’ (1859), a political treatise; ‘The Money Question’ (1865). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).