The son of a bookseller, France, a bibliophile,  spent most of his life around books. His father's bookstore specialized in books and papers on the French Revolution and was frequented by many writers and scholars. France studied at the Collège Stanislas, a private Catholic school, and after graduation he helped his father by working in his bookstore. 
Anatole France, pseudonym of Jacques-Anatole-François Thibault, (born April 16, 1844, Paris, France—died Oct. 12, 1924, Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire), writer and ironic, skeptical, and urbane critic who was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was elected to the French Academy in 1896 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921.
Anatole France Biographical A natole France, pseudonym for Jacques Anatole Thibault (1844-1924), was the son of a Paris book dealer. He received a thorough classical education at the Collège Stanislas, a boys’ school in Paris, and for a while he studied at the École des Chartes.
Anatole France. The Nobel Prize in Literature 1921. Born: 16 April 1844, Paris, France. Died: 12 October 1924, Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France. Residence at the time of the award: France. Prize motivation: “in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament”.
238 quotes from Anatole France: 'Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.', 'Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have lent me.', and 'All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.'
Jun 11, 2018 · Anatole France BORN: 1844, Paris, France DIED: 1924, Tours, France NATIONALITY: French GENRE: Drama, fiction, poetry MAJOR WORKS: The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881) “Crainquebille” (1901) Penguin Island (1908) The Red Lily (1910) Overview During his lifetime, French author Anatole France, was widely recognized as his country's greatest author.
Anatole France, pour l'état civil François Anatole Thibault , né le 16 avril 1844 à Paris et mort le 12 octobre 1924 à Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire (Indre-et-Loire), est un écrivain français. Il est considéré comme l’un des plus grands de l'époque de la Troisième République , dont il a également été un des plus importants critiques littéraires .