THE TIMES May 14, 1907



A Reuter telegram from Paris, dated May 13, says:— “The celebrated author J. K. HUYSMANS died yesterday evening. Born in Paris in 1848, Huysmans as a young man entered the Ministry of the Interior. He soon decided, however, to devote himself entirely to a literary career. Among his best known works were ‘Le drageoir à épices,’ 1874; ‘Marthe,’ 1876; ‘Les soeurs Vatard,’ 1879; ‘Croquis Parisiens,’ 1880; ‘En Ménage,’ 1881; ‘À Rebours,’ 1884; ‘En Rade,’ 1887; ‘Certains,’ 1889; ‘Là-bas,’ 1891; and ‘À vau l’eau,’ 1894. Huysmans belonged to the naturalistic school, and from 1880 onwards edited, in collaboration with the late Emile Zola, a weekly publication, entitled La Comédie Humaine, Organe du Naturalisme. Turning at a later date to mysticism, he separated from Zola, and produced in a different manner works such as ‘En Route,’ ‘La Cathédrale,’ and others.”