Author: Thomas Armbrecht

assistant professor of French, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Julien Green (1900–1998)

Julien Green (born Julian Hartridge Green) was an author best known for his novels, plays, essays, and a multi-volume journal that he wrote from 1928 to 1996. In 1971 he became the first non-French national to be accepted as a member of the prestigious Académie Française, the self-described “guardians of the French language.” Green attended the University of Virginia, where a small collection of his papers is now housed. Some of his writing, inspired by his experiences as a student there, dealt primarily with homosexuality, Catholicism, and the conflict between the desires of the body and the aspirations of the soul.