Arthur BernèdeArthur Bernède (5 January 1871 – 20 March 1937) was a French writer, poet, opera librettist, and playwright.
Bernède was born in Redon, Ille-et-Vilaine department, in Brittany. In 1919, Bernède joined forces with actor René Navarre, who had played ''Fantômas'' in the Louis Feuillade serials, and writer Gaston Leroux, the creator of Rouletabille, to launch the Société des Cinéromans, a production company that would produce films and novels simultaneously. Bernède published almost 200 adventure, mystery, and historical novels. His best-known characters are ''Belphégor'', ''Judex'', ''Mandrin'', ''Chantecoq'', and ''Vidocq''. Bernède also collaborated on plays, poems, and opera libretti with Paul de Choudens; including several operas by Félix Fourdrain.
Bernède also wrote the libretti for a number of operas, among them Jules Massenet's ''Sapho'' and Camille Erlanger's ''L'Aube rouge''. Provided by Wikipedia