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Pierre Benoit (1886-1962)
Ferdinand Marie Pierre Benoit was a French poet and author. He spent his early years and military service in Northern Africa before becoming a civil servant. His first novel, Koenigsmark, was published in 1918 with the more well-known L'Atlantide following the next year; L'Atlantide was awarded the Grand Prize of the Acad mie fran aise. He died in 1962 in Ciboure.
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