French poet and novelist Camille Bourniquel, director of Esprit magazine for nearly 20 years died on Monday. He was 97 years old, Mediafax informs. Author of over 20 novels and poetry books, Camille Bourniquel won the Médicis Prize in 1970, for “Selinonte ou la Chambre imperiale”, and the Grand Prize awarded by the French Academy for “Tempo” in 1977. He was director of the Esprit literary magazine between 1958 and 1977. A close friend of painters Marc Chagall, Jean Bazaine and Jean Le Moal, Camille Bourniquel wrote many art magazine columns, and some of his books were illustrated by the aforesaid artists, as his novel, “La Feerie et le royaume”, for example, contains lithographies by Marc Chagall. Camille Bourniquel published his last novel, “Paul Valery: Dernier diner a Auteuil”, in 2009.