ⓘ Anne Hure
Anne Hure was a French writer who authored eight novels, the first of which, Les Deux moniales was considered for the prestigious Prix Goncourt in 1962.
1. Life and career
Anne Hure was born in Paris on October 25, 1918. She studied theology, including classical Greek and Latin, at a Benedictine abbey in Leuven, Belgium, for three years. This time at the monastery she would go on to describe in multiple instances as an "unhappy. but useful and informative."
Hure frequently was in trouble with the police, a situation that would cause controversy during her career as a writer. In 1954, she was sentenced by the court to seven years incarceration and was barred from visiting Paris for life for theft and falsification of a check. Hure spent her time in prison working on five novels, all of which were set to be published by the publishing house Julliard.
Hure was released from prison on February 20, 1961. In January 1962, Hures first novel, Les Deux moniales The Two Nuns, was published to critical and commercial success. It was selected for consideration by the Prix Goncourt jury. However, before the jury made its decision, Hure was arrested in Paris on May 10, 1962, after she was recognized by one Madame Dupeyroux of Toulouse following an appearance on the literary television program Lectures pour tous. Madame Dupeyroux alleged that Hure had attempted to steal her jewelry from her hotel room in January 1961. A few weeks later, on July 27, in Toulouse, Anne Hure was found guilty of attempted theft. She was sentenced to two months in prison and a 1.000-franc fine.
The ongoing legal troubles caused a controversy in the press which put pressure on the Prix Goncourt jury. Newspapers like Le Figaro felt her criminal charges ought to bar her from consideration. In the end, only four of the ten jurors voted for her book. Later that same year, it was reported that Hure attempted to take her own life.
In 1962, Hure published Entretiens avec Monsieur Renan, a novelistic meditation on Christian morality.
In 1963, 1965, 1969, and 1971 she was arrested for fraud, theft, check forgery, and other petty crimes.
In 1963, Julliard published Anne Hures autobiographical novel En prison In Prison.
After the ongoing controversy surrounding the author, Julliard did not publish her other works. Plon published her other writings beginning with Le peche sans merci The Unforgivable Sin in 1964 up to a collection of short stories, Tendresses dete Summer Tenderness, published in 1968.
Following this publication and her arrest in 1971, there is no further public record of Anne Hure.
Hure was a self-described conservative. She was quoted as describing herself as "an ardent, extremely right-wing monarchist." Her works often thematically explore Catholic theology. She saw herself as influenced by 18th-century Catholic thought, particularly the work of Nicolas Malebranche. She also had a particular interest in the writings of Plato and Dionysius the Areopagite.
Jennifer Waelti Walters, professor emerita of French and womens studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, noted in her book, Damned Women: Lesbians in French Novels, that Hures first three novels all deal with possibly romantic relationships between two female protagonists and the inability to act on those feelings.
- Les Vendages, Meaux: Plon, 1968.
- Descente en enfer, Meaux: Plon, 1966.
- Les Deux Moniales, Paris: Julliard, 1962.
- Le Peche sans merci, Meaux: Plon, 1964.
- Le Haut Chemin, Meaux: Plon, 1966.
- Entretiens avec Monsieur Renan, Paris: Julliard, 1962.
- En Prison, Paris: Julliard, 1963.
- Tendresses dete short story collection, Meaux: Plon, 1968.
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