One of the most coveted prizes of the French literary season - the "Prix Femina" - was awarded in Paris Nov 28 to Mme.
One of the most coveted prizes of the French literary season - the "Prix Femina" - was awarded in Paris Nov 28 to Mme. Louise Bellocq for her novel "La Porte Retombee". The authoress won nearly ???400 for her story of a prosperous bourgeois family in a French province.
Mme Bellocq - a boarding house proprietress living at Pau South-west France - was said to have drawn from her own experiences to describe the ill-luck of the family which sees its fortune decline and is forced to dispose of the mansion where all its members were born and brought up.
The prize was awarded by a twelve-woman jury - all of them prominent in the literary world. After the announcement there was a surprise when one member of the jury resigned saying that not only was "La Porte Retombee" a bad book but that it also contained anti-Semitic remarks.
M. Henri Thomas, a French novelist, was awarded the "Prix Medicis" for his short novel "John Perkins".