Love is a rebellious bird,
that nobody can tame,
and you call him quite in vain,
if it suits him not to come.
– Ludovic Halévy
Ludovic Halévy early in his career.
Ludovic Halévy (1 January 1834 – 7 May 1908) was a Jewish author and playwright. His Jewish parents had converted to Christianity prior to his birth, Léon Halévy and Alexandrine Lebas.
Ludovic Halévy was born in Paris. His father, Léon Halévy (1802–1883), was a civil servant and a clever and versatile writer, who tried almost every branch of literature—prose and verse, vaudeville, drama, history—without, however, achieving decisive success in any. His uncle, Fromental Halévy, was a noted composer of opera; hence the double and early connection of Ludovic Halévy with the Parisian stage.