Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Paul Blouet correspondence, 1885-1903



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Blouet, Paul, 1848-1903O'Rell, Max, [pseudonym] 1848-1903
Title: Paul Blouet correspondence
Dates: 1885-1903
Abstract: This collection consists primarily of letters written by French author and journalist, Paul Blouet (pseudonym, Max O'Rell) between 1885 and 1903. The letters discuss Blouet's lecture tours, the management of his play John Bull on the Continent, and his affliction with cancer.
Identification: MS 129
Quantity: 1 folder (64 letters)
Language Materials are in English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Paul Blouet (1848-1903) was a French humorist and writer best known by his pseudonym, Max O'Rell. Blouet studied piano at the Paris Conservatoire, was educated in Paris at the Ecole Polytechnique, and served as a cavalry officer in the Franco-Prussian War. In 1887 Blouet published John Bull et son ile, a work that parodied English characteristics and eccentricities. In 1887 and 1890 Blouet lectured in the United States, where his humorous speeches made him extremely popular. In 1902 he settled in the Champs-Élysées quarter of Paris as correspondent of the New York Journal and wrote in the French newspaper Le Figaro. Blouet died of stomach cancer on 24 May 1903.

Works Cited: Seccombe, T. and Matthew, C.G. (2004). Blouet, (Leon) Paul. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Retrieved July 24, 2006 from http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/31933


Scope and Contents

This collection contains 62 letters written by Paul Blouet (pseudonym, Max O'Rell) and one written by Marie Blouet. Some are signed as Paul Blouet, others as Max O'Rell. Most letters are addressed to E.W. Appleton and G. Christy and discuss Blouet's various lecture tours and speaking engagements. In one letter to G. Christy, Paul Blouet discloses the recurrence of the cancer that would ultimately lead to his death. Also included in this collection is an agreement for the exclusive rights to manage Blouet's play, John Bull on the Continent, with Fredrick Mouillot.


 

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:
Series I: Correspondence from Paul Blouet to E. W. Appleton, 1885-1889
Series II: Correspondence from Paul Blouet to E. W. Appleton and G. Christy, 1891-1903 and undated
Series III: Management agreement for John Bull on the Continent, November 4, 1895

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Paul Blouet correspondence must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
O'Rell, Max,1848-1903--Correspondence
Blouet, Paul, 1848-1903--Correspondence
Subjects
Franco-German War, 1870-1871
Formats
Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul Blouet correspondence, 1885-1903, MS 129, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased on May 9, 1958.

Accruals

No future additions are expected for this material.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Correspondence from Paul Blouet to E. W. Appleton, 1885-1889

32 letters, in fair condition.
folder
1 Correspondence, 1891-1903



 

Series II: Correspondence from Paul Blouet to E. W. Appleton and G. Christy, 1891-1903 and undated

31 letters, in fair condition.
folder
1 Correspondence, 1891-1903



 

Series III: Management agreement for John Bull on the Continent, November 4, 1895

This agreement gave Fredrick Mauillot the exclusive rights to manage Paul Blouet's play, John Bull on the Continent. Document is in fair condition.
folder
1 Correspondence, 1891-1903