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Georges De Porto-riche, Father of Modern French Drama, Dead

Georges de Porto-Riche, playwright and one of the luminaries of the contemporary French theatre, is dead here at the age of 82. The end came after a long illness. Despite the fact that he was the acknowledged father of modern French drama, anti-Semitism prevented his election to the French Academy until 1923. It has been said that without his dramatic work the bulk of the post-war literature would never have been achieved. Among his disciples were Henri Bernstein, Edmond See and Henri Bataille.

For many years he was the librarian of the Bibliotheque Magazine. His greatest work was Le Viel Homme, which is still a part of the Comedie Francaise’s repertory. A number of volumes of his poetry have also been published.