Julien Guillemard

Born on the quays on 15 November 1883 in the heart of the Notre-Dame district, this son of a sailor who worked as a merchant for an importer of coffee, is known above all for his poems, novels and his role as a promoter of art and literature.

The literary review La Mouette (1917 to 1926) which he created, an "idealist review of literature and art", was a forum for expression for young authors and artists. He was a pillar of literary and cultural life in Le Havre during the first half of the XX century and brought together writers, poets, illustrators and young talents. Between 1922 and 1926, together with Henry Woollett, he ran the Salon des poètes normands, whose aim was to "introduce Normandy authors, poets and musicians to the public". Lastly, in 1923 he was responsible for founding the Société des poètes et conteurs de Normandie, which prefigured the Société des écrivains normands.

The manuscripts of Julien Guillemard, who died in 1960, also provide an important insight into Le Havre during the contemporary period. The library possesses his notebooks, kept daily during the two world wars, and the manuscript of his most famous work, l'Enfer du Havre, which describes the Occupation and the bombing raids. His novels, both published and unpublished, and his press articles are also conserved.


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