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Paul Féval

French novelist and dramatist 1817-1887

1816 or 1817   -   1887


movement: conservatism
genre: serialized fiction, cloak and dagger novel, vampire literature, crime novel, historical novel, romantic drama
country of citizenship: France
native language: French
languages spoken, written or signed: French
educated at: Émile Zola school in Rennes, University of Rennes
occupation: writer, playwright, novelist, lawyer
position held: president of the Société des gens de lettres

Paul Henri Corentin Féval, père (29 September 1816 - 8 March 1887) was a French novelist and dramatist. He was the author of popular swashbuckler novels such as Le Loup blanc (1843) and the perennial best-seller Le Bossu (1857). He also penned the seminal vampire fiction novels Le Chevalier Ténèbre (1860), La Vampire (1865) and La Ville Vampire (1874) and wrote several celebrated novels about his native Brittany and Mont Saint-Michel such as La Fée des Grèves (1850). Féval's greatest claim to fame, however, is as one of the fathers of modern crime fiction. Because of its themes and characters, his novel Jean Diable (1862) can claim to be the world's first modern novel of detective fiction. His masterpiece was Les Habits Noirs (1863–1875), a criminal saga comprising eleven novels. After losing his fortune in a financial scandal, Féval became a born-again Christian, stopped writing crime thrillers, and began to write religious novels, leaving the tale of the Habits Noirs uncompleted.
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