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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Henri Auguste Barbier (29 April 1805 – 13 February 1882) was a French dramatist and poet.

Barbier was born in Paris, France. He was inspired by the July Revolution and poured forth a series of eager, vigorous poems, denouncing the evils of the time. They are spoken of collectively as the Iambes (1831), though the designation is not strictly applicable to all. As the name suggests, they are modelled on the verse of André Chénier. They include La Curée, La Popularité, L'Idole, Paris, Dante, Quatre-vingt-treize and Varsovie. The rest of Barbier's poems are forgotten, and when, in 1869, he received the long delayed honour of admission to the Académie française, Montalembert expressed the general sentiment with “Barbier? mais il est mort!,” but actually he died at Nice in 1882.

Barbier collaborated with Léon de Wailly in the libretto of Berlioz' opera, Benvenuto Cellini, and his works include two series of poems on the political and social troubles of Italy and England, printed in later editions of Iambes et poèmes.


  • La Curée (1830, dans la Revue de Paris).Texte sur wikisource
  • Les Mauvais Garçons (1830). With Alphonse Royer.
  • Iambes et poèmes (1831) Texte sur Wikisource
  • II Pianto : poème (1833) Texte en ligne
  • Salon de 1836. Suite d'articles publiés par le Journal de Paris (1836)
  • Lazare : poème (1833)
  • Satires et poèmes (1837)
  • Nouvelles Satires : pot-de-vin et érostrate (1840)
  • Chants civils et religieux (1841)
  • Rimes héroïques (1843)
  • Rimes légères : chansons et odelettes (1851)
  • Satires et cahants (1853)
  • Silves : poésies diverses (1864)
  • Satires (1865) Texte sur Wikisource
  • Trois passions (1867)
  • Discours de réception (1870).
  • Histoires de voyage : souvenirs et tableaux, 1830-1872 (1880). Réédition : Slatkine, Genève, 1973.
  • Contes du Soir (1879).
  • Chez les poètes : études, traductions et imitations en vers (1882) Texte en ligne
  • Les Quatre Heures de la toilette des dames : poème érotique en quatre chants (1883)
  • Œuvres posthumes (4 volumes, 1883-1889) Texte en ligne

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