François-René de Chateaubriand brass plaque in London

In 1793 the author of "Memoires D'Outre-Tombe"
Chateaubriand
1768–1848
lived as an emigre in a garret close to this
site and began his literary career.
He returned in 1822 as French Ambassador
and resided in Portland Place

François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃swa ʁəne də ʃatobʁijɑ̃]; 4 September 1768 – 4 July 1848) was a French writer, politician, diplomat and historian. He is considered the founder of Romanticism in French literature. Descended from an old aristocratic family from Brittany, Chateaubriand was a royalist by political disposition and in an age when a significant part of the intelligentsia was turning against the Church, authored the Génie du christianisme in defence of the Catholic faith. It is his autobiography Mémoires d'outre-tombe ("Memoirs from Beyond the Grave'", published posthumously 1848–1850), however, that is nowadays generally considered his most accomplished work.

Source: dbpedia

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