LEON DIERX (1838-), French poet, was born in the island of Reunion in 1838. He came to Paris to study at the Central School of Arts and Manufactures, and subsequently settled there, taking up a post in the education office. He became a disciple of Leconte de Lisle and one of the most distinguished of the Parnassians. In the death of Stephane Mallarme in 1898 he was acclaimed "prince of poets" by "les jeunes." His works include: Poemes et poesies (1864); Levres closes (1867); Paroles d'un vaincu (1871); La Rencontre, a dramatic scene (1875) and Les Amants (1879). His Poesies completes (1872) were crowned by the French Academy. A complete edition of his works was published in 2 vols., 1894-1896.
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