Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Paul-Pierre Roux, called Saint-Pol-Roux (1861 - 1940) was a French Symbolist poet. He left the south of France of his childhood  to install himself in Paris. He particularly frequented the salon of Stéphane Mallarmé, for whom Saint-Pol-Roux had the greatest admiration. He won a certain notoriety, trying out several pseudonyms before finally becoming "Saint-Pol-Roux le magnifique". He even got one of his plays, La Dame à la faux, put on by Sarah Bernhardt, and was interviewed by Jules Huret as a member of the Symbolist movement. He perhaps participated in the Rosicrucian aesthetic of Péladan. Nevertheless, he wrote nothing on the movement or on its founder. Saint-Pol-Roux was doubtless interested in this audacious literary attempt, and had to leave it quickly.
 After his father's death, he moved to Camaret and made Britanny the center for his work. Living off the revenue he earned from his libretto for the opera Louise, he bought a house overlooking the ocean, above the Pen Had beach, on the road to pointe de Pen Hir, and transformed it into a manor in the Baroque style.

During the night of 22 to 23 June 1940, a drunken German soldier invaded the manor, killed the family's faithful governess, raped Saint-Pol-Roux's daughter Divine, and seriously injured her in the leg with a revolver bullet. Saint-Pol-Roux miraculously escaped death in the incident, but was later taken to hospital in Brest on October 14, where he died of a broken heart when he heard that the manor had burned down with his unpublished manuscripts inside.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting post Dann! Sometimes in life it isn't the bullet that kills you but the actual "scare" of what will or has happened!

    For the youth reading this, take heed and remember that being scared is the precursor to rectify and amend the err of your ways. Outside of this, only time and age will rectify the err of youth.