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French writer Maurice Genevoix, was born on 29th November, 1890 in Nievre. He was a pupil in Orleans, then with the Lakanal college, before entering a teacher training school. Mobilised in 1914, he had to stop his studies to join the war as an infantry officer. Genevoix was seriously wounded on 25th April, 1915 in Éparges. Returning to peacetime, Genevoix gave up his university career and withdrew to the Sologne so he could be devoted to literature. His abundant work was often set in the natural surroundings of the Loire valley. He was elected a member of the French Academy in 1946. He died on September 8th, 1980, in the Spanish town of Alsudia-Cansades.

His book The Fishing Box (1926), was translated by Dexter Petley and Laure Claesen, who consider it to be one of the most important angling books in literature - a view which has been seconded by the books reviewers. The book was shortlisted to the top five of sixty entries for the 2006 Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Award.