Albert Robida  

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Loisirs Littéraires au XXe siècle (English: "Literary leasures in the 20th century") from the story "The End of Books" by French writer Octave Uzanne and illustrated Albert Robida. The illustration depicts a female reader of the 20th century, imagined by Robida, who is listening to  "12 poètes assortis" (twelve assorted poets) on a balcony overlooking a future city.
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Loisirs Littéraires au XXe siècle (English: "Literary leasures in the 20th century") from the story "The End of Books" by French writer Octave Uzanne and illustrated Albert Robida. The illustration depicts a female reader of the 20th century, imagined by Robida, who is listening to "12 poètes assortis" (twelve assorted poets) on a balcony overlooking a future city.

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Albert Robida (1848, Compiègne, Oise – 1926) was an illustrator, etcher, lithographer, caricaturist, and novelist. He edited and published La Caricature magazine for 12 years. Through the 1880s he wrote an acclaimed trilogy of futuristic novels. In the 1900s he created 520 illustrations for Pierre Giffard's weekly serial La Guerre Infernale.

He was born in Compiègne, France, the son of a carpenter. He studied to become a notary, but was more interested in caricature. In 1866 he joined Journal Amusant as an illustrator. In 1880, with Georges Decaux, he founded his own magazine La Caricature, which he edited for 12 years. He illustrated tourist guides, works of popular history, and literary classics. His fame disappeared after World War I.

Albert Robida was rediscovered thanks to his trilogy of futuristic works:

These works made him another Jules Verne, often more daring. Unlike Verne, he proposed inventions integrated into everyday life, not creations of mad scientists, and he imagined the social developments that arose from them, often with accuracy: social advancement of women, mass tourism, pollution, etc. His La Guerre au vingtième siècle describes modern warfare, with robotic missiles and poison gas. His Téléphonoscope was a flat screen that delivered the latest news 24-hours a day, the latest plays, courses, and teleconferences.

Bibliography

Futuristic
  • Voyages très extraordinaires de Saturnin Farandoul, 1879
  • Le Vingtième Siècle, 1883
  • La Guerre au vingtième siècle, 1887
  • Le Vingtième Siècle. La vie électrique, 1890
  • Voyage de fiançailles au XXe siècle
  • Un chalet dans les airs
  • L'horloge des siècles, 1902 (translated by Brian Stableford as The Clock of the Centuries ISBN 978-1-934543-13-9)
  • L'Ingénieur von Satanas, 1919
Other work
  • L'Île de Lutèce : enlaidissements et embellissements de la Cité
  • La Bête au bois dormant
  • La Part du hasard
  • Le Voyage de M. Dumollet
  • Les Vieilles Villes d'Italie : notes et souvenirs
  • La Grande Mascarade parisienne
  • La Fin des Livres, with Octave Uzanne
  • Contes pour les bibliophiles, with Octave Uzanne
  • Les Vieilles Villes d'Espagne, notes et souvenirs
  • Un caricaturiste prophète. La guerre telle qu'elle est
  • 1430, les assiégés de Compiègne
  • Paris de siècle en siècle ; le cœur de Paris, splendeurs et souvenir
  • Le 19e siècle
  • Les Escholiers du temps jadis
  • Les Vieilles Villes d'Italie : notes et souvenirs
  • Le Voyage de M. Dumollet
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