(September 6, 1900 – August 13, 1998), was an American
writer, who authored several novels, including Léviathan
and Each in His Own Darkness
. He wrote primarily in French.
Julian Hartridge Green was born to American
parents in Paris
, a descendant on his mother's side of a Confederate Senator, Julian Hartridge
(1829–1879), who later served as a Democratic Representative from Georgia to the US Congress, and who was Julien Green's namesake. (Green was christened "Julian", the spelling was changed by his French publisher in the 1920s to "Julien".)
The youngest of eight children born to Protestant parents, he became a Roman Catholic in 1916, two years after his mother's death.The following year, still only 16, he volunteered his services as an ambulanceman in the American Field Service
. When his age was discovered his enlistment was annulled. He immediately signed up with an ambulance unit of the American Red Cross
, and when that six-month term of service ended in 1918, he enlisted in the French Army, in which he served as a second lieutenant of artillery until 1919. He was educated at the University of Virginia
in the United States from 1919-22. His career as one of the major figures of French literature in the 20th century started soon after his return from the United States.
In July 1940, after France's defeat, he went back to America. In 1942, he was mobilized and sent to New York to work at the United......