Alphonse de Lamartine

About Alphonse de Lamartine

Who is it?: Writer
Birth Day: October 21, 1790
Birth Place: Mâcon, French
Died On: 28 February 1869(1869-02-28) (aged 78)\nParis, Île-de-France, French Empire
Birth Sign: Scorpio
Preceded by: Paul Lemaire
Succeeded by: Louis de Hau de Staplande
Constituency: Bergues
Prime Minister: Jacques-Charles Dupont
Political party: Legitimist (1833–1837) Third Party (1837–1848) Moderate Republican (1848–1851)
Spouse(s): Mary Ann Elisa Birch (m. 1820; her d. 1863)
Children: Felix Marie Louise
Education: Belley College
Profession: Writer, poet
Period: 19th century
Genre: Novel, poetry, history, theatre, biography
Subject: Nature, love, spiritualism
Literary movement: Romanticism
Notable works: Graziella (1852)
Years active: 1811–1869

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Alphonse de Lamartine was born on October 21, 1790 in Mâcon, French, is Writer. Born into an affluent family, Lamartine had a Catholic upbringing. Even though his parents were loyal supporters of Napoleon, he despised his ways and supported French ruler Louis Philippe’s regime. Later on, he played a significant role in the functioning of the Second Republic, after the French Revolution of 1848. His literary works had a profound impact on French literature. A writer of romance, his works derived inspiration from the loss of his beloved. The most important influence seen in his works was that of the woman Julie Charles whom he met during his exile at ‘Aix-les-Bains’. His works had a profound impact on his readers, as the verses of his works made an emotional impact and struck a deep chord. Though he was hugely successful as a poet, his political career was filled with ups and downs. He started as a bodyguard to monarch Louis XVIII, and then was appointed as a diplomat for the French embassy. Over the years, he slowly started getting inclined to democracy, renouncing his military profession. After Napoleon rose to power, the poet was forced into literary labour for the greater part of his later life, since he ended up being bankrupt. He then died the death of a hero unsung
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Famous Quotes:

Thanks to the increase of general reason, to the light of philosophy, to the inspiration of Christianity, to the progress of the idea of justice, of charity, and of fraternity, in laws, manners, and religion, society in America, in Europe, and in France, especially since the Revolution, has broken down all these barriers, all these denominations of caste, all these injurious distinctions among men. Society is composed only of various conditions, professions, functions, and ways of life, among those who form what we call a Nation; of proprietors of the soil, and proprietors of houses; of investments, of handicrafts, of merchants, of manufacturers, of formers; of day-laborers becoming fanners, manufacturers, merchants, or possessors of houses or capital, in their turn; of the rich, of those in easy circumstances, of the poor, of workmen with their hands, workmen with their minds; of day-laborers, of those in need, of a small number of men enjoying considerable acquired or inherited wealth, of others of a smaller fortune painfully increased and improved, of others with property only sufficient for their needs; there are some, finally, without any personal possession but their hands, and gleaning for themselves and for their families, in the workshop, or the field, and at the threshold of the homes of others on the earth, the asylum, the wages, the bread, the instruction, the tools, the daily pay, all those means of existence which they have neither inherited, saved, nor acquired. These last are what have been improperly called the People.

  • Atheism Among the People, by Alphonse de Lamartine 1850 p. 19-20



Lamartine was born in Mâcon, Burgundy, on 21 October 1790. His family were members of the French provincial nobility, and he spent his youth at the family estate. Lamartine is famous for his partly autobiographical poem, "Le lac" ("The Lake"), which describes in retrospect the fervent love shared by a couple from the point of view of the bereaved man. Lamartine was masterly in his use of French poetic forms. Raised a devout Catholic, Lamartine became a pantheist, writing Jocelyn and La Chute d'un ange. He wrote Histoire des Girondins in 1847 in praise of the Girondists.


Lamartine made his entrance into the field of poetry by a masterpiece, Les Méditations Poétiques (1820), and awoke to find himself famous. He was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1825. He worked for the French embassy in Italy from 1825 to 1828. In 1829, he was elected a member of the Académie française. He was elected a deputy in 1833. In 1835 he published the "Voyage en Orient", a brilliant and bold account of the journey he had just made, in royal luxury, to the countries of the Orient, and in the course of which he had lost his only daughter. From then on he confined himself to prose.


Alphonse de Lamartine was also an Orientalist with a particular interest in Lebanon and the Middle East. He travelled to Lebanon, Syria and the Holy Land in 1832–33. During that trip, while he was in Beirut, on 7 December 1832, he lost his only remaining child, Julia. During his trip to Lebanon he had met Prince Bashir Shihab II and Prince Simon Karam, who were enthusiasts of poetry. A valley in Lebanon is still called the Valley of Lamartine as a commemoration of that visit, and the Lebanon cedar forest still harbors the "Lamartine Cedar", which is said to be the cedar under which Lamartine had sat 200 years ago. Lamartine was so influenced by his trip that he staged his 1838 epic poem La Chute d'un ange (The Fall of an Angel) in Lebanon.


During his term as a Politician in the Second Republic, he led efforts that culminated in the abolition of slavery and the death penalty, as well as the enshrinement of the right to work and the short-lived national workshop programs. A political idealist who supported democracy and pacifism, his moderate stance on most issues caused many of his followers to desert him. He was an unsuccessful candidate in the presidential election of 10 December 1848, receiving fewer than 19,000 votes. He subsequently retired from politics and dedicated himself to literature.


In his book "Histoire de la Turquie" (1854), Alphonse de Lamartine writes:


He published volumes on the most varied subjects (history, criticism, personal confidences, literary conversations) especially during the Empire, when, having retired to private life and having become the prey of his creditors, he condemned himself to what he calls "literary hard-labor in order to exist and pay his debts". Lamartine ended his life in poverty, publishing monthly installments of the Cours familier de littérature to support himself. He died in Paris in 1869.


Alphonse de Lamartine as quoted in "A Priest" By Robert Nash (1943) on Catholic priests:


Raised by his mother to respect animal life, he found the eating of meat repugnant, saying 'One does not have one heart for Man and one for animals. One has a heart or one does not'. His writings in La chute d’un Ange (1838) and Les confidences (1849) would be taken up by supporters of vegetarianism in the twentieth century.