Victor Segalen (January 14, 1878 - May 21, 1919) was a French naval doctor, ethnographer, archeologist, writer, poet, explorer, art-theorist, linguist and literary critic.

He was born in Brest. He studied naval medicine in Bordeaux. He traveled and lived in Polynesia (1903-1905) and China (1909-1914 and 1917). He died by accident in a forest in Huelgoat, France ('under mysterious circumstances' and reputedly with an open copy of Hamlet by his side).

He gave his name to the Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2 University of literature and social sciences in Bordeaux.

Victor Segalen's Works:

* A dreuz an Arvor (1899)
* L'observation médicale chez les écrivains naturalistes (Thesis, Bordeaux, 1901)
* Les Immémoriaux (under the pseudonym Max Anély) (1907)
* Stèles (prose poems, 1912)
* Peintures (1916)

Posthumous publications:

* Orphée-Roi (1921)
* René Leys (1922)
* Mission archéologique en Chine (in collaboration with Gilbert de Voisins and Jean Lartigue) (1923-1924)
* Équipée. De Pékin aux marches thibétaines (1929)
* Voyage au pays du réel (1929)
* Lettres de Chine (1967)
* La Grande Statuaire chinoise (1972)
* Journal des îles (1978)
* Le Fils du ciel : chronique des jours souverains (1985)

Poems by Victor Segalen

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