Ferdinand Lemaire

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Ferdinand Lemaire was a librettist and writer. He is best remembered as the librettist for Camille Saint-Saëns's opera Samson et Delila (1876). Lemaire was born in Martinique. He was a creole. He married into Saint-Saëns's family. He agreed to write Samson but only as opera, rather than as an oratorio as the composer first intended.