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Alexis-Félix Arvers (1806 - 1850)

Arvers was born in Paris as son of a wine merchant from Cezy, Yonne. He studied law and became a solicitor's clerk but yearned to become a playwright. He wrote several comedies that achieved great success enabling him to frequent the company of established men of letters. He suffered from an infection of the spine, however, and was admitted to hospital where he died within days aged only forty four. He was buried in the cemetery at Cézy.

His works had experienced a decline in popularity in his later life. His poetry collection, Mes Heures Perdues, contains his only poem of lasting memory, L'amour caché, generally known as Mon Secret, a sonnet in the Petrarchan form thought to have been written in response to meeting Marie Mennessier née Nodier.