Chateaubriand François René de

Cha·teau·bri·and

 (shä-tō′brē-äN′, shă-), Vicomte François René de 1768-1848.
French political leader, diplomat, and writer considered a forerunner of romanticism. His works include Atala (1801), The Genius of Christianity (1802), and Memoirs from beyond the Tomb, published posthumously.