- Artine Artinian
Artine Artinian (
December 8 1907- November 19 2005) was a French literature scholar of Armenian descent, notable for his manuscript collection, who was immortalized as a fictional character by Gore Vidal.cite news|first=New York|last=Times|title=Artine Artinian, 97, Dies; French Literature Scholar |date= |accessdate=2005-12-11]
Artine Artinian was born in
Pazardzhik, Bulgaria[ [http://www.britannica.com/eb/question-1108454/49/Artine-Artinian-born Artine Artinian, Encyclopedia Britannica.] ] to Armenian parents. In 1920, his family came to the United States, settling in Attleboro, Massachusetts. There, Artine worked as a shoeshine boy, learning English from listening to conversations as he worked.
He later acquired such a valuable collection of French literary manuscripts that he was able to leave teaching in his 50s. He spent his retirement collecting manuscripts as well as portraits. He donated a large amount of his collection of manuscripts and art to
Bowdoin Collegeand gave artwork to several universities and museums.
Artinian died at his home in
Lantana, Floridaat age 97. Before his death, Professor Artinian was retired professor of French at Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he taught for nearly 30 years. An authority on Guy de Maupassant, he had translated and edited what is known to be the definitive English-language edition of Maupassant's short stories.cite news|first=New York|last=Times|title=Artine Artinian, 97, Dies; French Literature Scholar |date= |accessdate=2005-12-11]
*"Maupassant as seen by American and English writers of today", 1943
*"Guy de Maupassant and Louis Le Poittevin", 1948
*"New light on the Maupassant family", 1948
*"First publication of Maupassant's Papa de Simon", 1948
*"Guy de Maupassant and his brother Herve", 1948
*"Maupassant's Paris addresses", Johns Hopkins Press 1949
*"Maupassant and 'La terre de Virgile'", American Association of Teachers of French 1949
*"Maupassant and Gisele d'Estoc: a warning", 1952
*"Maupassant criticism in France, 1880-1940", Russell & Russell 1969
* [http://research.hrc.utexas.edu:8080/hrcxtf/view?docId=ead/00373.xml&query=artinian,%20artine&query-join=and Artine Artinian Collection] at the
Harry Ransom Centerat the University of Texas at Austin
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