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Péguy, Charles (1873–1914) By Coustille-Cossou, Charles

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1995-1
Published: 15/10/2018
Retrieved: 19 May 2024, from


French writer of the beginning of the twentieth century Charles Péguy was a socialist, a dreyfusard, a republican, a nationalist, a catholic, a mystic, successively or at the same time. Throughout his various identities, he remained first and foremost attached to literature.

Born in 1873, son of a carpenter and an upholsterer, rising from the Ecole Normale of Orléans for primary school teachers to the prestigious Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris-Ulm, in his youth Péguy incarnated the meritocratic success idealised in the Third Republic, benefiting from a state policy that he would later call: ‘school follies’ (‘les folies scolaires’).

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Coustille-Cossou, Charles. Péguy, Charles (1873–1914). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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