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Comte de Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838 - 1889)

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Jean-Marie-Mathias-Philippe-Auguste, comte de Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (November 7, 1838 - August 19, 1889) was a French symbolist writer.

His works, in the romantic style, are often fantastic in plot and filled with mystery and horror. Important among them are the drama Axel (revision, 1890), the novel L'Ève future ("Tomorrow's Eve") (1886), and the short-story collection, Contes cruels (1883, tr. Sardonic Tales, 1927).

He believed the imagination has within it much more beauty than reality itself, existing at a level which nothing real could compare. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguste_Villiers_de_l%27Isle-Adam [Dec 2005]

Tomorrow's Eve (1886) - Auguste Villiers De L'Isle-Adam

In 1879, Comte de Villiers de l'Isle-Adam wrote the book "L'Ève Future" (translated into English as "Tomorrow's Eve"), about a fictional Thomas Edison who creates the ideal (artificial) woman.

The term android was first used by the French author Mathias Villiers de l'Isle-Adam (1838-1889) in his work Tomorrow's Eve, featuring an artificial human-like robot named Hadaly. As said by the officer in the story, "In this age of Realien advancement, who knows what goes on in the mind of those responsible for these mechanical dolls."

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