1842-1908. François Edouard Joachim Coppée was a French poet and novelist born in Paris. He attended the Lycée Saint-Louis and became a clerk in the ministry of war. His first collection of poetry, Le Reliquaire, appeared in 1866. He was already gaining public praise as a poet of the Parnassian school. Over the next six years, he released two more volumes of poetry and three plays, all well received. He was elected to the Académie française in 1884 and an officer of the Legion of Honour in 1888.
François Coppée continued to publish poems and plays. His first prose story appeared in 1875, followed by a collection, Toute une jeunesse, in 1890. He continued to publish fiction until his death.
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