About the Author

François Mauriac (1885-1970) is best known for his novels, many of which have been translated into English: Thérèse Desqueyroux, Le Noeud de vipères, Le Mystè Frontenac among them. His novels are still widely read by students and others; his poetry is less well known outside France, although it is now the subject of a revival of interest. Paul Cooke is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Exeter, where he teaches and researched mainly in the area of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French literature. He is the author/editor of Mauriac: the Poetry of a Novelist (forthcoming); Mauriac et le mythe du poète: une lecture du ‘Mystère Frontenac’ (1999); (Un)Faithful Texts? Religion in French and Francophone Literature from the 1780s to the 1980s (with Jane Lee, 2000).