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Charles Guérin 1873- 1907

Guérin was born at Lunéville, Meurthe-et-Moselle, the eldest of eight children in a family engaged in pottery manufacture. He was educated at Saint-Pierre-Fourier at Lunéville and then at the Faculté des Lettres at Nancy where he was drawn to poetry and German studies later travelling to Germany as well as Belgium, Switzerland and Italy.

He frequented the literary societies of Heredia and Mallarmé in Paris where he spent the latter part of his brief adult life from 1900 to 1906 at rue Casimir-Périer in 7th Arrondissement of Paris. His affair with Jeanne Bucher, nee Blumer, was terminated by her husband's ultimatum.

He was intensely Catholic and wrote poetry blending passion and world weariness, sweetness and acridity publishing several collections of poetry and was awarded the prix Archon-Despérouses by the Académie Française in 1902.

He died, aged 33, of a brain tumour at Lunéville.