Location: Maillane Cemetery, Maillane, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, France
Photo taken by: Dominique Pipet
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French poet. Awarded the 1904 Nobel Prize in Literature (jointly with José Echegaray) in recognition of the fresh originality and true inspiration of his poetic production, which faithfully reflects the natural scenery and native spirit of his people, and, in addition, his significant work as a Provençal philologist.
He studied law at the University of Aix-en-Provence, but as he was wealthy enough to live without a career he decided to devote himself to the revival of the traditional life and language of Provence. Along with several friends in 1854 he founded the félibrige, an association for the maintenance of Provencal language and customs; he remained active with the félibrige until his death.
The Chilean poet Lucila Godoy Alcayaga took his name as part of her pseudonym, Gabriela Mistral. His name has also been given by the people of Provence to the strong wind which occurs in that area.