Vernon Lee (Violet Paget)

Romain Rolland

Romain Rolland

Romain Rolland

 1866~1944. A French novelist. The major works of his are Vie de Beethoven (1903), Jean-Christophe (1904~1912)、 and L'àme enchantée (1922~1933).
 Vernon Lee loves reading Romain Rolland’s novels and admired him. They have a lot in common such as interests in music.


 Both Lee and Rolland criticized World WarⅠ. When the war broke out, Rolland put an article on Journal de Geneve and expressed his idea against the war. Supporting the justice of France and attacking the militarism of Germany, he claimed that France should have a peace negotiation in cooperation of Germany, which resulting in his losing French and Swiss friends. Lee has the similar attitudes toward the war and Germany and lost British friends. Lee devotes her drama against wars The Ballet of the Nations to Rolland.
 Works such as Jean-Christophe brought Rolland Nobel Literature Prize. According to Ellen Key, a journalist in Sweden, it was Vernon Lee who first recommended the prize should be given to Rolland.

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