Yves Berger

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Yves Berger
Born14 January 1931
Died16 January 2004(2004-01-16) (aged 73)

Yves Berger (14 January 1931 – 16 November 2004) was a French writer and editor.

From 1960 to 2000, he was the literary director of Éditions Grasset, and published several novels in which he expressed his attachment to the United States.


The son of a road transporter, Yves Berger affirmed that this detail has its importance because several of his works were filled with his love of the voyages. After high school at the Lycée Frédéric Mistral in Avignon, Yves Berger studied at Montpellier and in Paris. His childhood, rocked by Jack London and Fenimore Cooper, inspired him with this passion for the New World that never left him.

A teacher of English, he joined Grasset in 1960, becoming one of its pillars. He earned the nickname of "manitou of literary prizes" and the reputation of making or undoing the French literary prizes. He wrote his first novel, "The South," in 1962 on the State of Virginia before the American Civil War. Yves Berger also contributes to make French authors known such as Marie-Claire Blais and Antonine Maillet and prefaced the works of Native Americans authors such as Dee Brown, Vine Deloria and N. Scott Momaday whom he considered to be the greatest Amerindian writer of today.

In 1996 he was appointed president of the "observatoire national de la langue française", an organism now deceased, then on 17 October 2003, vice-president of the Conseil supérieur de la langue française. He complained of the ravages of American English on the French language. In April 2004, he was elected by the Académie royale de langue et de littérature françaises de Belgique to occupy the seat of Robert Mallet, died 4 December 2002.




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