Sully-Prudhomme was born in Paris and studied law after an eye problem precluded an
engineering career. He published Stances et Poemes in 1865 to great acclaim. He wrote
numerous works striving for classical simplicity with great elegance infused with his
appreciation of philosophy and science. He remained unmarried and suffered near partial
paralysis from a stroke in 1870.
He was elected to the French Acadamie in 1881 and, although concentrating less on poetry
in later life, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1901.
He died in Paris in 1907