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Tue 21 Aug 18 #1 
Ruby Franks
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I  thought Marguerite Yourcenar was Belgian, having looked her up, I see she was born in Belgium, had French nationality but then took US citizenship, so OK she's a French writer. 

 Georges Simenon was Belgian. Does the title of this topic mean writers in French (Francophone writers) or writers who are/were French?




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #2 
JMK
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Good question, needs further investigation.




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #3 
BBandicoot
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Maybe it should be Francophone Writers - would open it up for more facts, and less confusing situations (like Marguerite Yourcenar).

Is Simenon the only non-French (nationality) writer in the category currently? Must confess, my knowledge in this one stops after Dumas and Hugo.




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #4 
Ruby Franks
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Rousseau was born in Switzerland, but active in France. I haven't checked others.

In general it's quite difficult talking nationalities in pre-20th century Europe, which is why quiz questions often start 'In which present-day country...) We've had more recent changes as well with the break up of the USSR.

It may be easier to change the title of the topic. We could add Samuel Beckett and Jonathan Littel (dual nationality US/French) who won the Prix Goncourt.




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #5 
BBandicoot
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My vote probably leans towards changing the title. Avoids the most confusion!

Will have to take a look at the category. 

Side-note, Ruby, do you know any other multi-racial writers besides Dumas? Being biracial myself, I always found him fascinating. 




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #6 
BBandicoot
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Checked a couple and stopped at Anais Nin, who was Cuban-Spanish-French-American.

I vote for Ruby's new title: Francophone Writers




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #7 
BBandicoot
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These kinds of issues get very confusing in sports. 

Take Monica Seles - ethnically Hungarian, played for Yugoslavia (no longer a country), won her last grand slam as an American, now has Hungarian, American, and Serbain citizenship.

I don't think we have any Sports Categories currently with this issue, but multiple nationalities might make an interesting category LOL




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #8 
Ruby Franks
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Barrack Obama, Zadie Smith, Hanif Kureishi...? I assume you mean further back, off the top of my head Jean Rhys, who wrote a great deal on the clash between her Caribbean and English origins. I'm sure there are many more in the past. 




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #9 
BBandicoot
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I tried to read "White Teeth" a bunch of times. Never could! Don't know anything about Rhys, thank you.




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Thu 23 Aug 18 #10 
Ruby Franks
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Wide Sargasso Sea is most probably Rhys' best known, a telling of the story of the first Mrs Rochester, a Creole girl driven to madness by her arranged marriage to an Englishman who renames her, takes her to England and locks her in an attic....Reader, she married him as well.




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Sun 26 Aug 18 #11 
Ruby Franks
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A dodgy entry 

Fournier.    The writer Henri-Alban Fournier used the pen-name Alain-Fournier for his only novel Le Grand Meaulnes. 




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Tue 28 Aug 18 #12 
JMK
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I have put this one in the too hard basket for the moment. I need someone to go through and work out who belongs and who doesn't. Francophone Writers or Francophone Literature sounds the best option.




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