Paul Claudel is an author mentioned as a potential name in a Times Square sign, smoking Gauloises, according to the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 27).


Claudel (1868-1955) was a French poet, dramatist and diplomat. He was most famous for his verse dramas, which often convey his devout Catholicism. Claudel was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in six different years.  Cinq Grandes Odes (1910) marks his highest poetic achievement[1]. According to Alfred Myers, Claudel's works were championed at Notre Dame by the famous professor Frank O'Malley, whose classes both Myers and Bellairs took[2].


  1. Wikipedia: Paul Claudel
  2. Correspondence with Alfred Myers.

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