Henri van Laun

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Henri van Laun (1820 – 19 January 1896) was a writer, translator and teacher of French. Born in the Netherlands and educated in France, he lived most of his life in England. He originally thought of being a journalist but found he preferred teaching. He was a friend of Hippolyte Taine and translated his History of English Literature into English. Van Laun also translated works by Molière and Alain-René Lesage.[1][2]

Tomb of Henri van Laun in Brookwood Cemetery

Van Laun is buried in Brookwood Cemetery and his tomb is a grade II listed building designed by the sculptor Emmeline Halse.[3]


  1. ^ Dictionary of National Biography, volume 58, edited by Sidney Lee, 1899 s:Page:Dictionary of National Biography volume 58.djvu/140
  2. ^ Obituaries. The Times, Wednesday, Jan 22, 1896; pg. 10; Issue 34793; pg. 10; col E — Obituary. s:The Times/1896/Obituary/Henri van Laun
  3. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1391039)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 January 2015.