Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974)

Death: 18th April 1974
Location: La Treille Cemetery, Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
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French novelist, playwright and filmmaker. In 1946, he became the first filmmaker elected to the Académie Française. 
He wrote a series of autobiographical novels – Souvenirs d'enfance – based on his childhood experiences. In 1957, the first two novels in the series, La Gloire de Mon Père and Le Château de Ma Mère were published to instant acclaim. The third Le Temps des secrets was published in 1959; though the fourth Le Temps des Amours was to remain unfinished and was not published until 1977, after his death. 
He also wrote a second series, L'Eau des Collines Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources – which focused on the machinations of Provençal peasant life at the turn of the twentieth century and were published in 1962.