Jean Giono, the only son of a cobbler and a laundress, was one of France's greatest writers. His prodigious literary output includes stories, essays, poetry, plays, film scripts, translations and over thirty novels, many of which have been translated into English. Giono, a pacifist, was twice imprisoned in France during World War II. He remained tied to Provence and Manosque, the little city where he was born in 1895 and, in 1970, died.
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