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Ruinen des Manoir Saint Pol Roux bei Camaret

Paul-Pierre Roux, called Saint-Pol-Roux (15 January 1861, quartier de Saint-Henry, Marseille - 18 October 1940, Brest) was a French Symbolist poet.

He was born to a middle class family in Marseille where his father was an industrialist. He studied in a lycée in Lyon, but mysteriously ended his studies there. He then wrote some plays under his own name.

Years in Paris
He left the south of France to instal himself in Paris. He particularly frequented the salon of Stéphane Mallarmé, for whom he had the greatest admiration. He won a certain notoriety, trying out several pseudonyms before finally becoming "Saint-Pol-Roux le magnifique". He even got one of his plays, la Dame à la faux, put on by Sarah Bernhardt, and was interviewed by Jules Huret as a member of the Symbolist movement. He perhaps participated in the Rosicrucian aesthetic of Péladan. Nevertheless, he wrote nothing on the movement or on its founder. Saint-Pol-Roux was doubtless interested in this audacious literary attempt, and had to leave it quickly.

Voluntary exile
Saint-Pol-Roux quit Paris in 1898, having quickly come to hate it for his being ostracised and for the mediocrity of the literary criticism circles, ignoring it with as much pride as he himself had been ignored. On a clairvoyant's advice, and also to escape his creditors, he left, firstly for the Ardennes. There he installed himself and his wife at Roscanvel in Finistère, where their daughter Divine was born. After his father's death, he moved to Camaret and made Britanny his corpus's centre of gravity.

Living off the profits of revenue from his opera libretto for Louise, he bought a house overlooking the ocean, above the Pen Had beach, on the road to pointe de Pen Hir and transformed it into a manor in the Baroque style. He named it the manoir de Coecilian, after his son's name, or sometimes manoir des Boultous. He wrote "Facing the sea, man is closer to God" ("Face à la mer, l'homme est plus près de Dieu"). He welcomed several artists and writers, notably Louis-Ferdinand Céline, from the Surrealist movement, which looked on him as an ancestor, and even Jean Moulin, then sous-préfet de Châteaulin, who visited in 1930.

Saint-Pol-Roux was a member of the académie Mallarmé from 1937 to 1940.

Tragic death
During the night of 22 to 23 June 1940, a drunk German soldier invaded the manor, killed the family's faithful governess, raped Saint-Pol-Roux's daughter Divine and seriously injured her in the leg with a revolver bullet. Saint-Pol-Roux miraculous escaped death in the incident but was later taken to hospital in Brest on October 14, where he died of a broken heart when he heard that the manor had burned down with his unpublished manuscripts inside.

Kommentare 3

  • Dirk Sachse 1. Februar 2009, 0:14


  • Thommy Himmel 29. Januar 2009, 13:19

    ...diesen Poeten hätte ich gerne kennen gelernt..
    ich glaube mit Pierre-Paul Roux hätte ich mich sicher sehr gut verstanden..wir hätten wohl so manche Nacht und bis früh in den Morgen hinein... philosophiert ....aber was noch wahrscheinlicher gewesen wäre ..so mancher Flasche Madiran ( könnte aber auch ein Bergerac gewesen sein ) den Garaus gemacht...
    trotz dem nur mehr Ruinenblick .das faszinierende Schloss.....dieses Träumers.. regt ungemein an..
    von der Lage und dem Ausblick von dort mal ganz abgesehen
    liebe Grüße aus Wien
  • Petra Fümel 29. Januar 2009, 7:48

    Ich fand diese Ruinen auch sehr interessant und sie sind auch zu jeder Tageszeit ein lohnendes Motiv...
    Danke, dass du die Erläuterung dazu mitlieferst!
    LG, Petra
    Pointe de PenHir - Saint-Pol-Roux
    Pointe de PenHir - Saint-Pol-Roux
    Petra Fümel



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