Count Joseph Arthur Gobineau, Professor Clement Imbault-Huartcompiled by Joseph McCabe.
published in A Biographical Dictionary of Modern Rationalists
London: Watts and Co., 1920
GOBINEAU, Count Joseph Arthur de, French orientalist. B. 1816. He entered the diplomatic service in 1849, was assigned to the Persian Embassy in 1855, became Imperial Commissary to North America in 1859, and was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary to Persia in 1861. His Histoire des Perses (2 vols., 1869) is weighty; and there is a valuable early account of Behaism in his Les religions et les philosophies dans l'Asie centrale (1865). Count Gobineau was very Conservative, and his famous Essai sur L'inegalite des races humaines (4 vols., 1853-55) greatly flattered the Germans (who have a Gobineau Society). But L. Schemann, his biographer (Gobineau, 2 vols., 1916, ii, 489-90), shows that he resisted to the last the unceasing efforts of his friends to bring him back from Theism to the Catholic Church. They had to be content to give him the sacrament when he was unconscious, and bury him with Catholic rites. D. Oct 13, 1882.
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