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FRIENDS: BILLY, APOLLINAIRE, ROUVEYRE, GIDE

A few weeks after the venerable figure o f ‘Maurice Boissard’ introduced himself to readers o f the Mercure de France, Remy de Gourmont invited Leautaud to join the magazine as a full-time employee. He and Vallette were obviously offering their con­ tributor the job out o f sympathy. They wanted him to have a living wage that would at the same time enable him to carry on with his writing.