Bernard, Tristanpseudonym of Paul Bernard (b. Sept. 7, 1866, Besancon, Fr.--d. Dec. 7, 1947, Paris)
French playwright, novelist, journalist, and lawyer. His works were characterized by a tone of light cynicism, a cross fire of lively dialogue, and a keen insight into the foibles of the bourgeoisie. Among his most successful plays were L'Anglais tel qu'on le parle (1899; "English As It Is Spoken"), Triplepatte (1905, written in collaboration with Andre Godfernaux and adapted by Clyde Fitch as Toddles), and Monsieur Codomat (1907). He also wrote several humorous novels: Les Memoires d'un jeune homme range (1899; "Memoirs of a Proper Young Man") and La Feerie bourgeoise (1924; "The Bourgeois Fairyland").