Born in 1925, Jean d’Ormesson, novelist, journalist, and philosopher, died aged 92 in Neuilly during the night between December 4 and 5, 2017. The Academician was an essential figure of contemporary literature in France.
D’Ormesson studied literature, history, and philosophy at the prestigious École Normale Supérieure in Paris. He worked for Le Figaro, and wrote about 40 novels. His first work, L’amour est un plaisir, was published in 1956, but it is especially from 1971 that his career developed, as he won the Grand prix du roman awarded by the French Academy for his novel La Gloire de l’Empire. His books are full of autobiographical elements and express the joy of living.
In 1973 he was elected at the French Academy; he received numerous other awards and honours, such as being published in the prestigious collection Bibliothèque de la Pléiade.