Maurice Druon was born on April 23, 1918 in Paris, France. Druon was the nephew of the writer Joseph Kessel, with whom he translated the Chant des Partisans, a French Resistance anthem of World War II.
 
Maurice Druon dedicated most of his life to the purity and protection of the French language. He became famous for his book series ‘The Accursed Kings’, which includes the novels: ‘The Iron King’ (1955), ‘The Strangled Queen’ (1955), ‘The Poisoned Crown’ (1956), ‘The Royal Succession’ (1957), ‘The She-Wolf of France’ (1959), ‘The Lily and the Lion’ (1960) and ‘When a King Loses France’ (1977). The novels were adapted for French television in 1972.
 
Maurice Druon is a Prix Goncourt winner. He became a member of the French Academy in 1966. He was Minister of Cultural Affairs (1973–1974) in Pierre Messmer's cabinet, and a deputy of Paris (1978–1981). In 2006 Druon became a member of the Russian Academy.
 
Maurice Druon died in 2009, at the age of 90.

Maurice Druon

 
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