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REVOIL, Benedict Henry (ray-vwol), French author, l). in Aix, Bouches du Rhone, France, 16 December, 1816. He is the son of the painter, Pierre Henri Revoil, of Lyons, who died in 1842. Benedict was for several years connected with the department of public instruction and with the manuscript section of the Bibliotheque royale. Just after his father's death he visited the United States, where he remained nine years. During this period he collected the material for many of his works. Among these are "Chasses et paches de l'autre monde" (Paris, 1856) . "La fille des Comanches" (1867)" "Les Parias du Mexique" (1868)" and many translations from the English and German into French. Of the latter the best known are "Les harems du nouveau monde" (1856)" " Les pirates du Mississippi" (1857)" "Les prairies du Mexique" (1865)" and "Le ills de l'Oncle Tom " (1866). During his stay in New York city M. Revoil wrote and placed on the stage the plays " New York as it Is and as it Was," "Nut-Yer-Stick," a Chinese "fantasy," and "Horatius Trelay, or Fourierism." He also wrote, in French, the libretto of the " Vaisseau Fantome, a two-act opera, and has contributed frequently to both the French and American press.
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