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Claude Adhémar André Theuriet (French: [ɑ̃dʁe tøʁjɛ]; 8 October 1833 in Marly-le-Roi – 23 April 1907 in Bourg-la-Reine) was a 19th-century French poet and novelist.


Theuriet was born at Marly-le-Roi (Seine et Oise), and was educated at Bar-le-Duc in his mother's province of Lorraine.

Theuriet studied law in Paris and joined the public service, attaining the rank of chef de bureau, before his retirement during 1886. He published during 1867 the Chemin des bois, a volume of poems, many of which had been published already in the Revue des Deux Mondes; Le bleu et le noir, poèmes de la vie réelle (1874), Nos oiseaux (1886), and other volumes followed.

M. Theuriet gives natural, simple description of rustic and especially of woodland life, and Théophile Gautier compared him to Shakespeare's Jaques of the forest of Arden. The best of his novels are those that deal with provincial and country life. Theuriet received during 1890 the prix Vitet from the Académie française, of which he became a member during 1896. He died on 23 April 1907, and was succeeded at the Academy by Jean Richepin.

He was made a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur during 1879, and was made an Officier de la Légion d'honneur during 1895.

His grandson André Theuriet became a versatile sportsman mostly known as an international rugby union player and swimmer.

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