Spoke on Many Topics. In conversation, Mr. Perse or his alter ego, Alex Leger, talked with ease and brilliance on subjects ranging from ocean currents to whistling swans, French poetry, the Library of Congress or American politics. In a dinner jacket he stood aristocratically erect, with graceful control of his carriage, manners and language. His swarthy complexion, black mustache and piercing black eyes were his hallmarks in society, as they were when he dressed in rough clothes and a beret to tramp the countryside near his home in Washington or his villa on the Riviera, near Toulon.
His father was a lawyer and his mother's family were plantation owners, He spent much of his childhood on Guadeloupe, where he was informally educated by the island's Roman Catholic Bishop and by his nurse. His formal education, eventually covering law, medicine and the humanities, began in France when he was After taking his degrees, he joined the French Foreign Service in Two years later he was assigned as secretary of the French Embassy in Peking.
It was during vacations there that he traveled across the Gobi Desert on horseback and sailed the South Seas between Fiji and the New Hebrides. He also became friends with Chinese sages and spent many hours in retreat in a former temple in the hills near Peking. Recalled by Briand.
In Mr. At the same time he was named Ambassador of France. In his new post Mr. Because Mr. Perse opposed appeasement of Germany, he was removed from his ministerial post in MacLeish obtained for him a consultantship in French poetry at the Library of Congress. The Vichy Government of France stripped him of his honors and his income.
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After the war, Mr. Perse'sl French citizenship, his titular rank as Ambassador and his honors were restored.
Perse married Dorothy Milburn Russell of Washington. The couple, who were childless, lived in the Georgetown section of the capital and at their villa in Giens.
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