"Le couer a ses prisons que l'intelligence n'ouvre pas" - Marcel Jouhandeau
It looks as though he had a difficult life - I'm not going into details because you can read a potted biography here on wikipedia.
But I was delighted to discover this on the wikipedia page:
"During World War I, he was initially a secretary in his hometown of Guéret. In 1924 he published "Pincegrain", a barely disguised chronicle of the inhabitants of Guéret, which shocked the people of the town."
|Guéret est la préfecture de la Creuse depuis la création du département en 1790
I wonder if D E Stevenson ever came across his writings - this is exactly the plot of her book "Miss Buncle's Book" which I read recently and enjoyed hugely.
The quotation project is proving to be a mine of non sequiteurs and serendipitous information.