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Alain-Fournier was born in 1886, the son of a country school-master. He was educated at Brest and in Paris, where he met and fell in love with the original Yvonne, who influenced his whole life and work. The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes), his only completed novel, was published in 1912. Two years later, Alain-Fournier was killed in action on the Western Front.
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