Paul Dandré is the collective literary pseudonym gathering three dramatic authors of the 19th century:
- Eugene Labiche (1815 - 1888)
- Auguste Lefranc (1814 - 1878)
- Marc-Michel, of his true name Marc-Antoine-Amédée Michel (1812 - 1868)
In 1838, it came to them the idea to found an association intended to produce plays. As good lawyers in formation who they were, they wrote a contract in due form, establishing the statutes of this dramatic company. The three members chose the collective name of Paul Dandré, and they were committed holding all their production with the société.
Auguste Lefranc had the immense advantage of being the cousin of Eugene Scribe which dominated at the time, of the head and the shoulders, all the French scene. It produced indeed for the theater since nearly thirty years, and for a few years, it had been played regularly Comédie-Française, the most prestigious scene of all. He already had lavished councils and had provided supports near the theater directors to his nephew, when this one had made play its first part, a woman fallen from the sky. The collective Paul Dandré was going to benefit in his turn from this help for its débuts.
Either extremely of this relationship, or naturally because of its character, Lefranc took the head of this trio and appeared very authoritative. We will undoubtedly know never the internal dissensions which made that this association lasted only a few years. This duration was sufficient nevertheless to have allowed the production of 4 parts, as a majority of the dramas, to have snuffed at the time. Labiche explained in a letter with Nadar why the cause of this dissolution was “ the idleness and the inaccuracy of Lefranc ”. They remained despite everything good friends, and continued to collaborate often together, Lefranc more than 30 times with Labiche, and Marc-Michel still more.
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