|Name Henri Pourrat||Role Writer|
|Died July 16, 1959, Ambert, France|
Books Le trésor des contes, Vent de Mars, Le chasseur de la nuit
Awards Grand Prix du roman de l'Academie francaise, Prix Goncourt
Similar People Paul Sebillot, Michel Zink, Jean Froissart
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Henri Pourrat (7 May 1887 in Ambert (Puy de Dome) – 16 July 1959 in Ambert) was a French writer and anthropologist who collected the oral literature of the Auvergne.
After attending the College d'Ambert and the Lycee Henri IV in Paris, Henri Pourrat was destined to pursue a career in agriculture and was admitted at the Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon in 1905. However, due to an infection with tuberculosis, he sought a more healthy climate in the valleys of Monts Dore and in the Livradois and Forez regions, which he would roam in countless hikes over the next fifty years.
He lived in a house at Vernet-la-Varenne. The enforced leisure, spent with reading and walking, developed in him the need to write. The work of Henri Pourrat would eventually comprise hundreds of books, including novels, biographies, collections of stories and poems. From 1916 on he and his brother Paul were friends with the young Alexander Vialatte (1901–1971). In 1948 he permanently settled in the sub-prefecture Ambert of the Puy-de-Dôme department from which he originated.
In 1926 he received an honorary degree of the University of Dublin. He obtained special recognition by the literary critics for his monumental The Valor, pranks and adventures of Jasper of the mountains (4 volumes, 1921–1931 and final edition in one volume by Albin Michel), for which he was awarded the Prize Figaro (1921, Volume 1) and the Grand Prix du Roman of the Académie française (1931 overall). In 1941 he received the Prix Goncourt for Vent de Mars and in the same year obtained the Muteau Prize of the French Academy for his historical book Man with a spade.
He occasionally contributed to Le Courrier français.
The last decade of his life was dedicated to what he regarded as his masterpiece, The Treasure of the tales.
Between the world wars he contributed to the weekly Le Flambeau of the far right Croix-de-feu.
On 14 October 1940, at the invitation of Pourrat, who championed a return to the roots, Marshal Philippe Pétain, head of Vichy France, came "to a meeting of working people" in Ambert, near Vichy, visited the paper mill, the oldest in the Livradois region, and took possession of a ream of paper watermarked with his emblem. On this occasion Henry Pourrat published "The French Peasant" and "The French leader" articles dedicated to Marshal Petain and his policy of Back to the Earth. Subsequently, Henry Pourrat departed from the National Revolution, writing in letters about his change of political affiliation.
Founder of the association La Feuille Blanche, Pourrat created the Moulin Richard de Bas, a museum dedicated to paper, and tried to set up a graphic arts village. The museum was inaugurated on 3 July 1943 in the presence of Georges Henri Riviere, director of the Musée national des Arts et Traditions Populaires.
The Association "Friends of Henri Pourrat" tried to preserve his work from oblivion. In 1979, to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of the writer, FR3 Auvergne Radio conducted a series of 10 programs for the series "History talk" (Histoire d'en parler) by Christian Lassalas. Excerpts of these broadcasts were recorded on the audio cassette "Recollections of Henri Pourrat" published by "The Friends of Henri Pourrat." On it testimony of Lucien Gachon, Jean Banière, Claude Pourrat, Annette Pourrat, Roger Gardes, Michel Versepuy and the voice of Henri Pourrat can be heard.
His work is highly diverse: early poems, novels, biographies, historical essays, philosophical or religious stories. Far from the narrow context of regionalism, Auvergne folk tales for him were the best place to discover and understand the nature and spirit of the farmer and thereby "attain the universal." He devoted almost twelve to thirteen years of his life to sift through the monumental treasure of tales to which he attached great importance.
Many of his works were illustrated by his friend François Angeli (13 February 1890 – 30 May 1974), the brother of Jean Angeli (also Jean l'Olagne, 1886–1915), a childhood friend of Henry Pourrat.