VIELÉ-GRIFFIN, Francis [1864-1937] -- American expatriate poet
né VIELÉ, Egbert Ludovicus, Jr.
Was brought by his mother at age nine to France
following her divorce from his father.
He never left.
His parents had one of those spectacularly incendiary divorces,
with infidelity, counter-infidelity, and bitter recriminations --
all played out in the popular press.
In France, he changed his name and became an important figure in the French Symbolist movement.
He is much more well known in France than here in America,
perhaps because of a lack of an adequate translation of his work to English.
His wife, writing in the 1909 book of her husband's sister,
Kathlyne Knickerbocker Vielé,
Vielé, 1659-1909, Two Hundreds and Fifty Years with a Dutch Family of New York
(subscription required for viewing), had this to say:
Egbert L. Vielé, Jr., went with his mother to France when only
nine years of age and has remained there ever since, marrying a
Frenchwoman. He was educated in the foremost educational institutions
of Paris, notably the College of St. Stanislaus--carrying
off in one year as many as eleven prizes. As he grew older
he assumed the name of his maternal grandfather in addition to
his father's surname. He was born in Norfolk, Va., in April,
1863, while his father was Military Governor of that city. Vielé-Griffin
is virtually a Frenchman and has devoted his life to the
career of literateur and journalist. He is one of the few Americans
who has received for his poetry the ribbon of the Legion of
Honor. He is editor of the "Mercure de France," a periodical
founded in 1672, which was once conducted by Marmontel, and is
now the exponent of all that is modern in thought and art. Extracts
from an article on Vielé-Griffin and his work by "M. A. V.," once printed in the N. Y. Evening Post, will no doubt
be of interest to all who claim relationship with this talented man[...]
Our country has of late years sent to Paris many students
of painting who have quickly won distinction, but M. Vielé-Griffin
is probably the first American who has been termed "of all
French poets of the present day the poet who is mostly truly
| First American termed "of all French poets ... the poet who is most truly French." |
Au fin parler de France (volume of collected poems) Au printemps de Touraine (volume of collected poems) Cueille d'avril (1885) Joies (1889) "...first shows that skillful use of the old French ballad refrain which has become an admired characteristic of his lyrical style." La Chevauckee d'Yeldis (1893) La Legende ailee de Wieland le Forgeron (1899), a dramatic poem Laus Veneris (1895), a volume of translations from Swinburne Les Cygnes (1887; new series, 1892) Phocas le jardinier (1898) Poemes et Poesies (1895), a collection containing much of his earlier work Swanhilde, a dramatic poem (1894)
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See Points of Interest item #14, Selden House, where his father lived while military governor of Norfolk 1862-65. Egbert, Jr. was born here.
- Parent: ¤VIELÉ, Egbert Ludovicus, General [1825-1902] American military officer and engineer
- Parent: ¤GRIFFIN, Teresa [1832-1906] American author, activist
- Sibling: ¤VIELÉ, Kathlyne [1853-?] American genealogist and historian
- Sibling: ¤VIELÉ, Herman Knickerbocker [1856-1908] American novelist, playwright, author, artist
- Daughter: ¤VIELÉ, Emily [1865-?] American poet and novelist
- 5C1: ¤DAVIS, Roderic A., 2nd [?-?] Just for reference