For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for Bertrand Poirot-Delpech.

Bertrand Poirot-Delpech

Bertrand Poirot-Delpech (10 February 1929, Paris – 14 November 2006) was a French journalist, essayist and novelist. He was elected to the Académie française on 10 April 1986. He is the father of writer Julie Wolkenstein.

Early years

Poirot-Delpech came from a family of academics and doctors. His ancestors included several surgeons. His father died in 1940.

He attended Stanislas and Louis-le-Grand secondary schools, completing his khâgne at the latter.


At the age of 22, he began his career as a journalist with Le Monde. He successively had charge of several sections: the university column (1951–1955), the "Great Trials" column (1956–1959) and the theatre criticism section (1960–1971). In 1972, he took over as a reviewer for the "Monde des Livres". Beginning in 1989, he wrote a weekly column in Le Monde.

Bertrand Poirot-Delpech chaired the Syndicat de la Critique Dramatique (1970–1972) and he was a member of the reading committee of the Comédie-Française.

In addition to several published novels, he wrote screenplays for television and the cinema.


  • 1958 Le Grand Dadais (Denoël)
  • 1960 La Grasse Matinée (Denoël)
  • 1962 L'Envers de l'eau (Denoël)
  • 1966 Au soir le soir (Mercure de France)
  • 1969 Finie la comédie (Gallimard)
  • 1970 La Folle de Lituanie (Gallimard) - Grand Prix du roman de l'Académie française
  • 1973 Les Grands de ce monde (Gallimard)
  • 1976 La Légende du siècle (Gallimard)
  • 1979 Saïd et moi (Le Seuil)
  • 1980 Marie Duplessis (Ramsay)
  • 1981 Feuilletons (Gallimard)
  • 1982 Le Couloir du dancing (Gallimard)
  • 1985 L'Été 36 (Gallimard)
  • 1986 Bonjour Sagan (Herscher)
  • 1987 Monsieur Barbie n'a rien à dire (Gallimard)
  • 1988 Le Golfe de Gascogne (Gallimard)
  • 1989 Traversées (Flammarion)
  • 1994 L'Amour de l'humanité (Gallimard)
  • 1995 Diagonales (Gallimard)
  • 1997 L'Alerte, théâtre (Gallimard)
  • 1998 Théâtre d'ombres, journal (Le Seuil)
  • 1998 Papon : un crime de bureau (Stock)
  • 1999 Monsieur le Prince (Gallimard)
  • 2001 J'écris Paludes (Gallimard)
  • 2002 J'ai pas pleuré, with Ida Grinspan (Robert Laffont)
{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
Bertrand Poirot-Delpech
Listen to this article

This browser is not supported by Wikiwand :(
Wikiwand requires a browser with modern capabilities in order to provide you with the best reading experience.
Please download and use one of the following browsers:

This article was just edited, click to reload
This article has been deleted on Wikipedia (Why?)

Back to homepage

Please click Add in the dialog above
Please click Allow in the top-left corner,
then click Install Now in the dialog
Please click Open in the download dialog,
then click Install
Please click the "Downloads" icon in the Safari toolbar, open the first download in the list,
then click Install

Install Wikiwand

Install on Chrome Install on Firefox
Don't forget to rate us

Tell your friends about Wikiwand!

Gmail Facebook Twitter Link

Enjoying Wikiwand?

Tell your friends and spread the love:
Share on Gmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Buffer

Our magic isn't perfect

You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

This photo is visually disturbing This photo is not a good choice

Thank you for helping!

Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users.


Get ready for Wikiwand 2.0 🎉! the new version arrives on September 1st! Don't want to wait?