May 22, 2022
Hippolyte Jean Giraudoux (1882–1944) was a French writer. He wrote plays, novels and essays, and was also a diplomat and politician. He headed the French Ministry of Information from 1939 to 1940 in the government of Édouard Daladier. He made his debut with a collection of short stories in 1909, and began writing for the theater in the late 1920s. He collaborated with the actor and theater director Louis Jouvet. The play Undine (1939) is based on H.C. Andersen's The Little Mermaid, while Siegfried in the novel (1922) and the play (1928) Siegfried is a young soldier from World War I who suffers from memory loss and alternates between German and French connections. Giraudoux 'Apollon from Bellac (1942) was staged by the Television Theater in 1960. The comedy Amfitryon 38 (1929) was to have been performed at the National Theater in April 1940, and was published in Norwegian in the series Cappelen's unpopular writings in 1949. The Madman from Chaillot (1945 ) was performed at the Norwegian Theater in 1950 and 1973, with Ragnhild Hald and Tordis Maurstad in the title role, respectively. The play There will be no Trojan War (La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu, 1935) was a warning against Nazism. Giraudoux was executed by the German occupation authorities who had occupied France since 1940. The play was broadcast in the Radio Theater in 1952. Gunnar Høst received his doctorate in 1942 with the dissertation L'oeuvre de Jean Giraudoux.