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. 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.