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Jean d'Ormesson (1925-2017)

French author Jean d'Ormesson has passed away; see, for example, the AP report. He was the grand old man of the Académie française -- elected to his fauteuil in 1973; the next-ranking immortel, Jean-Denis Bredin, has only been seated since 1989..... Quite a few of his books were translated into English, and New York Review Books re-issued his creative The Glory of the Empire last year; see their publicity page, or get your copy at Amazon.
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