“To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.” André Malraux

"To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less." Andre Malraux

Who was André Malraux?

André Malraux was a French novelist, art theorist and Minister of Cultural Affairs. He was appointed by President Charles de Gaulle as Minister of Information and subsequently as France’s first Minister of Cultural Affairs during de Gaulle’s presidency.

Early years

He was raised by his mother, maternal aunt Marie and maternal grandmother, Adrienne Lamy-Romagna, who had a grocery store in the small town of Bondy. His father, a stockbroker, committed suicide in 1930 after the international crash of the stock market and onset of the Great Depression. From his childhood, associates noticed that André had marked nervousness and motor and vocal tics. The recent biographer Olivier Todd, who published a book on Malraux in 2005, suggests that he had Tourette’s syndrome, although that has not been confirmed. Either way, most critics have not seen this as a significant factor in Malraux’s life or literary works.

The young Malraux left formal education early, but he followed his curiosity through the booksellers and museums in Paris, and explored its rich libraries as well.

Wikipedia contributors. “André Malraux.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 Aug. 2016. Web. 18 Sep. 2016.

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