Elsa (Каган) Triolet

Элла Юрьевна (Каган) Triolet (1896 - 1970)

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Элла Юрьевна (Elsa) "Ella Yurievna" Triolet formerly Каган aka Kagan
Born in Москва, Российская империяmap
Wife of — married 20 Aug 1919 in Paris VI, Paris, Seine, Francemap
Wife of — married 28 Feb 1939 in Paris I, Seine, Francemap
Died in Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, Yvelines, Francemap
Profile last modified 14 Sep 2019 | Created 11 Jan 2017
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Elsa (Каган) Triolet is Notable.
Elsa (Каган) Triolet has Jewish Roots.

Elsa Triolet was born Ella Yurievna Kagan (Russian: Элла Юрьевна Каган) on 12 September 1896[1] in Moscow, the daughter of Yuri Abramovich (Alexandrovich) Kagan and Helen Israilevna Berman[2][3].

Elsa enjoyed poetry and in 1915 befriended the aspiring futurist poet and graphic artist Vladimir Mayakovsky. When she invited him home, the poet fell madly in love with her older sister Lilya, who was married to Osip_Brik. Elsa was the first to translate Mayakovsky's poetry (as well as volumes of other Russian-language poetry) to French.

Elsa left Russia in 1818. On 20 August 1919 she married André Triolet in the 6th arrondissement of Paris[2]. At the time of the marriage Elsa was listed as living in London with her mother[2]. She soon left her husband, though the divorce was only finalized on 10 January 1939[2], but kept Triolet as her nom de plume.

In 1928 Elsa met French writer Louis_Aragon. They stayed together for 42 years. They were married on 28 February 1939 in the first arrondissement of Paris[3]. She influenced Aragon to join the French Communist Party. Triolet and Aragon fought in the French Resistance.

In 1944 Triolet was the first woman to be awarded the Prix Goncourt.


  1. According to the Julian calendar, then still in use in Russia. Her Gregorian date of birth is 24 September 1896
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Acte de mariage: Acte 974, Mariages 1919 Paris VIème, Archives de Paris cote 6M 242 du 11 août 1919 (acte n° 923) au 3 septembre 1919 (acte n° 1033) vue 16
  3. 3.0 3.1 Acte de mariage: Acte 53, Mariages 1939 Paris Ier, Archives de Paris cote 1M 1939 du 3 janvier 1939 (acte n° 1) au 1er avril 1939 (acte n° 88) vue 19

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