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Pierre Gamarra
BornJuly 10, 1919(1919-07-10)
Toulouse, France
DiedMay 20, 2009(2009-05-20) (aged 89)
Argenteuil, France
OccupationNovelist, poet, critic
GenresFable, poetry, novel
Notable work(s)Mon cartable

Pierre Gamarra (Toulouse, July 10, 1919 – Argenteuil, May 20, 2009) was a French writer. He was a poet and novelist. He is famous for his poems and novels for the children. Pierre Gamarra also worked for a literary magazine, Europe.


Gamarra was born in Toulouse in 1919. From 1938 to 1940, he was a teacher in the south of France. He became a journalist in 1944.

In 1948, he received an international prize for his novel The Fiery House.

In 1951, he began working for the literary magazine Europe.

Gamarra died in 2009 in Argenteuil, near Paris, at age 89.


Most of Gamarra's novels are set in the southwest of France. That is the region where is was born.

Gamarra's books are not yet translated into English. His poems are well known by French schoolchildren. Examples are My Schoolbag (French: Mon cartable) or The Cosmonaut and his host (French: Le Cosmonaute et son hôte).


  • Interview with Pierre Gamarra: Tohoku University Faculty of Letters Bulletin, 27 (Year 2006), Sendai, Japan
  • Encyclopedia Britannica: "Children's literature"
  • Encyclopedia Universalis: "Pierre Gamarra"