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Myriam Harry

pen name of Maria Rosette Shapira (April 1869 (some sources say 1875) – March 10, 1958), a French journalist and writer

1869   -   1958

country of citizenship: France
native language: French
language of expression: French, German, English
occupation: writer, journalist
award received: Prix Femina, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Commander of the order of Nichan Iftikhar, Officer of the Order of Agricultural Merit

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Myriam Harry was the pen name of Maria Rosette Shapira (April 1869; some sources say 1875 which is wrong – March 10, 1958), a French journalist and writer.The daughter of Moses Wilhelm and Anna Magdalena Rosette Shapira (née Jöckel), she was born in Jerusalem. Her father, originally from Ukraine in Czarist Russia and a convert from Judaism to Christianity, committed suicide and the family moved to Berlin. She later moved to Paris. She became secretary to Jules Lemaître. Shapira worked for La Fronde and also wrote several journals in Paris. In 1902, she published her first novel Petites Épouses. Her 1903 work La Conquête de Jérusalem received the first Prix Femina, which was created in 1904 especially for her, since she was excluded from consideration for the Prix Goncourt because she was a woman.In 1904, Shapira married Emile Perrault.She also wrote accounts of her travels in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Her reportage of the trial of insurgents accused of murdering French settlers in the Thala-Kasserine Disturbances was instrumental in securing clemency for those sentenced to death.She died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
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