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Ludovic Halévy (1834–1908)

Halévy, Ludovic (ä-lā-vē’). A French novelist and dramatist of Jewish extraction; born at Paris, July 1, 1834; died there, May 8, 1908. At first adopting an official career, the success of his librettos for Offenbach turned him towards the drama. With Henri Meilhac he collaborated in works unique even on the French stage. His peculiar gift is an irony exquisitely adapted to a French audience: ‘La Belle Hélène’ and ‘The Grand Duchess of Gérolstein’ are instances. In 1882 appeared ‘L’Abbé Constantin,’ a novel which was enormously successful. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).