1870 – Born on December 10th in Ghent, Belgium. French novelist and poet whose merit and limitation were to express pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection.
1891 – He founded short-lived literary reviews, notably La Conque.
1894 – His Chansons de Bilitis, prose poems about Sapphic love, purporting to be translations from the Greek, deceived even experts.
1896 – Aphrodite, a novel depicting courtesan life in ancient Alexandria, made him famous.
1898 – His best novel is La Femme et le pantin (Woman and Puppet), which is set in Spain.
1925 – Died on June 4th in Paris, France.