Terribly busy

Novelist and playwright, Tristan Bernard is known as a humorist and author of mischievous crossword definitions. In July 1912, he was invited to Deauville for the inauguration of the Hotel Normandy and the new casino. This stay was followed by many others.

He will be a summer figure in Deauville for 35 years. His rounded silhouette and long beard made caricaturists happy. As early as 1912, Sem depicted him swimming in the open sea, with his beard just above the water. He found the beach of Deauville so vast and the sea so far away at low tide that he said: " Deauville is close to Paris, but it's far from the sea ". In 1919, he told his friend Pic about his days: " I lead a quiet but terribly busy life in Deauville. I go to bed at dawn and get up at ten minutes to twelve. The splendor of the sun in the middle of the day is a spectacle that every virtuous man wants to contemplate as soon as he wakes up. Then, while a lively crowd rushes on the beach, I abandon myself to the peaceful water of my bathtub... To the Potinière, now because it is not a question of strolling. It is necessary to say hello to a lot of friends and acquaintances that we haven't seen since the evening before and that we won't see for a good two hours, on the Hippodrome. Then we ask ourselves an anxious question: to eat. Where will we have lunch?
Eight months after his death in Paris, Deauville inaugurated on August 15, 1948, a street in his name, between the Hotel Royal and the Point de Vue.


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