Maurice Henry-Coüannier

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Maurice Henry-Coüannier (1887-1921) was a French writer.[1]


From a paternal family of magistrates and traders from Rennes, his mother's family contained a line of Naval officers from Nantes and Brest. His father Paul was President of the Tribunal of Rennes when Maurice was born on 21 August 1887 in Roscoff[2].

He studied at the École des chartes to become a lawyer. Under the council of Count Albert de Mun (of the Académie française), he published his first novel, Le Clocher Fleuri under the pseudonym Maurice La Belangeraie. The novel was honoured by the Académie française. Encouraged by his success, he published a story under his own name, La Fausse Princesse, which was also well received.

Called up in 1914, he was very badly injured in the right shoulder at the Battle of Les Éparges, close to Verdun (Meuse) on 19 March 1915[3].

After the war, he experienced a mystical conversion, gave up novel writing, which he saw as futile, and, under the council of monseigneur Edmond Loutil, known as Pierre l'Ermite, Curate of Saint-François de Sales in Paris, published a life of the great saint of Savoie, Saint François de Sales et ses amitiés. However, he died of his injuries on 2 October 1921 at the age of 34 at the Oudinot Clinic in the 7th arrondissement of Paris[4].

With his work unpublished, his sister and his cousin eventually got it published by Per Orbem in 1922. The book was an immediate great success and was republished in several editions, including abroad. The most recent was in 1979 by the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary.


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