Hippolyte Taine

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Hippolyte Taine

Birthdate: (64)
Birthplace: Vouziers, France, Ardennes
Death: March 5, 1893 (64)
Paris, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Jean-Baptiste Taine
Brother of Virginie Taine and Sophie Taine

Managed by: Jean-Gérard Sender
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About Hippolyte Taine


Hippolyte Adolphe Taine (21 April 1828 – 5 March 1893) was a French critic and historian. He was the chief theoretical influence of French naturalism, a major proponent of sociological positivism and one of the first practitioners of historicist criticism. Literary historicism as a critical movement has been said to originate with him. Taine is particularly remembered for his three-pronged approach to the contextual study of a work of art, based on the aspects of what he called "race, milieu, and moment".

Taine had a profound effect on French literature; the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica asserted that "the tone which pervades the works of Zola, Bourget and Maupassant can be immediately attributed to the influence we call Taine's."

The tomb of Hippolyte Taine is in Roc de Chère National Nature Reserve, in Talloires, near the Lake Annecy.

Hippolyte Taine, historien,essayiste, membre de l'Académie Française

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Hippolyte Taine prit en charge l'éducation intellectuelle de son neveu, André Chevrillon, après la mort du père de celui-ci, Isidore. André Chevrillon a consacré à son oncle un livre de souvenirs : " Portrait de Taine ".

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Hippolyte Taine's Timeline

April 21, 1828
Vouziers, France, Ardennes
March 5, 1893
Age 64
Paris, France