Scope and Content
Title: Pierre Loti Correspondence,
Date (inclusive): 1866-1905
Collection number: MS.2003.003
Creator: Loti, Pierre,
2.5 linear inches
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90018
Abstract: Letters written by French author Pierre Loti
to members of his family from approximately 1866-1905.
Physical location: Clark Library
Language of Material: Collection materials in French
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Pierre Loti Correspondence, MS.2003.003,
William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los
Processed by Rebecca Fenning, August 2009.
Julien Viaud, who would later assume the pseudonym of Pierre Loti,
was born born January 14, 1850 in Rochefort, France. Because of family
financial and legal problems, Loti was allowed to follow in his late
older brother's footsteps and enroll in the naval academy at Brest in
1867. During his time as a naval officer, Loti traveled widely and
gathered material for his future novels in such places as Tahiti,
Turkey, Senegal, and Japan. His first novel, Aziyadé was
published in 1879, and was followed by many many other works, including
Le mariage de Loti (1880), Mon frere Yves (1883), Pêcheur
d'Islande (1886), Madame Chrysanthème (1887), Le Roman d'un
Enfant (1890), Ramuntcho (1897) and Les Désenchantées
Loti was inducted into the Académie française in 1892.
His naval career was of the greatest importance to him, and he reached
the rank of captain before being placed on the reserve list in 1910,
though he returned to volunteer throughout the First World War.
Loti died 1923 at Hendaye, in the Basque country, one of his most
Scope and Content
Letters written by French author and naval officer Pierre Loti to his
family during the period 1866-1905. The majority of letters are written
to his niece Nadine "Ninet" Duvignau (nee Bon), though there are also a
significant number written to his sister Marie Viaud Bon. Topics often
concern family finances, social engagements, travels, and writing. Other
correspondents include Gustave Duvignau and Armand Bon.
At some previous time, these letters were in the possession of a
family member who annotated them in pencil, supplying estimated dates
and background information for many of them, and numbering each one
consecutively from 1-56. Because most letters do not include dates, the
original, numbered order imposed by the previous owner has been
retained. In most places, it appears to be roughly chronological.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Duvignau, Nadine Bon
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