France, 1885-1970; "for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life"
1927 His characters exist in a tortured universe; nature is evil and man eternally prone to sin.
1925. 'Le Désert de l'amour'. Awarded the Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française. Generally regarded as the best book of the Nobel Prize winning Mauriac.
1941 His novels are imbued with his profound, though nonconformist, Roman Catholicism.
Small town in southwestern France, in "Thérèse"; English translation, 1928