Pierre Boulle (February 20, 1912 - January 30, 1994)
Born: 20th February, 1912
Died: 30th January, 1994
Nationality: French author
Region: Avignon, France, Paris
Notable works: "E=mc2", "Planet of the Apes", "The Bridge on the River Kwai"

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Pierre Boulle, in full Pierre-Francois-Marie-Louis Boulle, (born February 20, 1912, Avignon, France--died January 30, 1994, Paris), French novelist who successfully combined adventure and psychology in works dealing largely with his experiences in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaya.

Boulle studied to become an electrical engineer but instead went to Asia, where he spent eight years as a planter and soldier. He is best known for his novel Le Pont de la riviere Kwai (1952; U.S. title, The Bridge over the River Kwai; U.K. title, The Bridge on the River Kwai), dealing with a company of British soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese in World War II. An ambiguous moral fable, it presents virtue gradually shading into vice--or, at least, absurdity--in its portrayal of a British officer whose self-discipline and work ethic compel him to complete a bridge for the enemy. A popular film based on the novel appeared in 1957 and won six Academy Awards, including that for best motion picture.

From Asian legends Boulle created philosophical tales in the manner of Voltaire--Le Bourreau (1954; U.S. title, The Executioner; U.K. title, The Chinese Executioner). He also turned to a literature of the fantastic with Contes de l'absurde (1953; Time out of Mind, and Other Stories) and to science fiction with La Planete des singes (1963; Planet of the Apes, adapted as a film by Franklin J. Schaffner [1968], with several sequels and remakes) and E = mc2 (1957), which contains ironic but humane considerations of the fate of the modern individual caught in a political, social, and intellectual upheaval.

Later works include Les Oreilles de jungle (1972; Ears of the Jungle), Les Vertus de l'enfer (1974; The Virtues of Hell), Le Bon Leviathan (1978; The Good Leviathan), Miroitements (1982; Mirrors of the Sun), La Baleine des Malovines (1983; U.S. title, The Whale of the Victoria Cross; U.K. title, The Falklands Whale), Pour l'amour de l'art (1985; "For the Love of Art"), Le Professeur Mortimer (1988), L'Ilon (1991; a volume of memoirs), and A nous deux, Satan! (1992).

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