The novelist and biographer, elected in April 2013 the 33 Chair, is the eighth woman sitting among the immortals. A chair previously occupied by Voltaire, Jean-Louis Vaudoyer and Marcel Brion, among others. Dominique Bona succeeded to the novelist and editor Michel Mohrt, deceased in 2011, at the age of 97. Born in 1953 in Perpignan, daughter of writer and TV man, Arthur Conte, Dominique Bona began his literary novel career, while she was critical literary in the Quotidien de Paris. In 1987, she published a first biography on Romain Gary, and crowned by the AcadÃ©mie franÃ§aise. Subsequently, it focused on the lives of women in the singular destiny: Gala, the muse of Eluard then Dali, Berthe Morisot, Camille Claudel, the sisters Rouart, and everything lately, Jeanne Loviton, the last love of Paul ValÃ©ry (I’m crazy for you). In the meantime, she has published several novels, including the manuscript of Port-Ebene (prix Renaudot in 1998) and two biographies (Stefan Zweig and academician AndrÃ© Maurois), lending her pen to the Figaro LittÃ©raire. In his portrait, after referring to his childhood and his studious youth, he returned to the writers and artists that she loved and commented, praising his "exceptional ability of empathy." Changing the tone, it has dropped, smiling: "a biography of madame de Gaulle On seek vain in your work. ‘,. The audience broke out laughing. This warm is completed by the evocation of Voltaire, "under the dome lights of undergrowth, in the middle of these clothes color foam, within these walls inhabited by so many ghosts". The final word was: "We welcome you today with happiness, Madam. Welcome among us. Assistance was under the spell of the verb. Awaited, greeted at the end by bursts of applause, Dominique Bona’s speech is one of most relevant and most successful of recent years. It knows, exercise and difficult, even perilous: praise of his predecessor, regardless of the esteem that it is. Remembering Paul ValÃ©ry in 1927, refusing to pronounce the name of Anatole France, mentioning, in a beautiful oratory pirouette, the "France, which has taken the name",. Dominique Bona, who loves and admires Michel Mohrt, "a man who has mostly lived his dreams", recalled under the dome this tour de force of the disciple of Mallarme. An hour, she has not only praised the man and his work, but brushed a magnificent literary portrait: "Whatever he likes and the thrills, the very source of his books, remains linked to the sound of the waves, the cries of gulls forms unstable of clouds and the sweetness of spring." Concerning man and his temperament, this academician who liked to proclaim loud and clear that he did not like dictionaries, here is what she has enjoyed home: "He always lived and wrote, the heart standing." His speech ended with these just words: "we enter alone to the AcadÃ©mie franÃ§aise. One enters with the expensive shadows of those who are no longer. One enters also with the admiration that it brings to those who are themselves custodians of a portion of the spirit figures that preceded". .
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