1909. Illustrations and Decorations by Frank C. Pape. Anatole France is the pen name of Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault, French novelist, poet, critic and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921. The elegance and subtle irony of France's style are displayed in Thais, a story about religious follies in the early days of Christendom. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.