"Just about here we waited a couple of hours to see Anatole France’s funeral pass, because, Enno said, we mustn’t let such a great literary figure disappear without paying him the tribute of a last salute"

Parisian-born French man of Letters and Nobel Prize winner, Anatole France began his career as a journalist and famously supported Émile Zola in the Dreyfus affair. Author of 22 novels as well as memoirs, plays, criticism and poetry, his final novel, The Revolt of the Angels was published in 1914 and is considered the zenith of his works. Critical of superstition and religion, he once wrote, ‘We have never heard the devil’s side of the story, God wrote all the book.’ France died aged 80 in 1924, making his state funeral a 13-year-old memory for Sasha.

 

Anatole France at Emile Zola's Funeral, 1902
Public DomainAnatole France at Emile Zola's Funeral, 1902