Armand Lanoux (France, 1913-83)

Figure 1.--This press photogrph shows French writer Armand Lanoux and his two boys looking into the window display of some Parisian establishmnt. The boys are Gilles just 12 years old and Olivier 16 years old. Across the top of the window is written: Membre de la Chambre Syndicale -- Caisse de Garantie, prehaps something like a member of the better busineess bureau, although such a prominent display seems strange. At the right we see 'Fonds de commerce' which means something like 'commercial property' which would suggesrt a real estate agent. We are not sure why they are so interesred. The photograph was taken November 23, 1963.

Armand Lanoux was born in Paris (1913). He had many jobs, including village teacher, artistic designer (candy boxes), bank clerk, artist, journalist, media expert, and author. We might point out that in the late-19th and early 20-century , candy boxes were commonly highly decorated, often with romantic or sentimental works of art. There was a derisive term for it -- 'candy box art'. During World War II, Lanoux was drafted as a reserve lieutenant. After the 1940 German victory, he like most of the French Army spent the rest of the War in Gernan POW camps in the Reich. After the War he became an editor for the literary journal Artheme Fayard (1950) and editor of the magazine Ŕ la page (1964). He played an important role in French media. He chaired the Committee on French television (1958-59), and was appointed Secretary General of Radio and Television International University. His left-wing orientation show with his membership in the France-USSR Association. By the 1960s, the crimes of Stalin and totalitarian nature of the Soviet Union were widely known. During the 1940s or even the 50s, Soviet admirers could claim that they did not know about the the Gulag and mass killings, but this was no longer the case by the 60s. Those favorably disposed toward the Soviet Union no longer had the excuse that they did not know. Lanoux helped draft the 'Code des Usages'. He authored several books in different genres: the novel, non-fiction, chronicles, drama, and poetry. He is perhaps best known for his novel When the tide goes out. He took a special interest in Honoré de Balzac and wrote both a book abd TV screen play.


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