Chateaubriand André Maurois

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Published: 1956

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Chateaubriand  by  André Maurois

Chateaubriand by André Maurois
1956 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 385 pages | ISBN: | 4.29 Mb

Text extracted from opening pages of book: CHATEAUBRIAND Copyright, ipjj, by Andrt Maurois Printed in the United States of America All rights in this book are reserved, No part of the book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without writtenMoreText extracted from opening pages of book: CHATEAUBRIAND Copyright, ipjj, by Andrt Maurois Printed in the United States of America All rights in this book are reserved, No part of the book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission.

For information address Harper & Brothers 1 1-8 FIRST EDITION K-N CHATF. UBRIANI) IX Hi,, by Hilrtii< j Ld) nt Poet Statesman Lover by ANDR MAUROIS t tk* Fttnck by VB& A FRASBR . , I/* s* / u*--<&* Brotbtets CONTENTS Introduction ix I. Childhood and Youth i II.

Soldier and Voyager 3 5 III. Exile 57 IV. Le Genie du Christianisme 87 V, Journey from Paris to Andalmia 1 2 8 VI The Valley of Wolves 156 VIL The Partisan 193 VIII. The Upward Climb. The Dizzy Heights. The Fall 233 IX. The Monarchist against the Monarchy 269 X, Old Age and Second Flowering 305 ILLUSTRATIONS Chateaubriand in 1 820 frontispiece Madame Recamier facing page 55 Chateaubriand 70 Madame de Custine 135 Natalie de Labor de.

Viscountess of Noailles 1 50 The Countess of Castellane 215 Portrait of Madame Recamier in later life 230 Chateaubriand, last portrait, 186* 7 278 Introduction EVERAL reasons have led me to apply myself to the study of Chateaubriands life. The first was a great admiration for the writer, one of those who have exercised the most lasting and profound in fluence on French literature- the second the desire to compare a French romantic with the English romantics I had studied, and especially to find in Chateaubriand the original of which Byron was so often a copy- the third a keen interest in that strange exist ence which found itself bound up with the whole history of France throughout the most dramatic period of that history* The Old Order, the Revolution, the Empire, the Restoration, the July monarchy, Chateaubriand knew them all- he was banished by the Republic, a rival of the Emperor, a minister and afterwards an op ponent of the King- he lived in England and in America.

In his cime he was traveller, soldier, novelist, ambassador, religious writer and political publicist- he was loved by the most beautiful and sphinx-like woman of her age. In all this there is so much material for a biography that it is suiprising to find that Chateaubriands has* all things considered, been rarely written. There exist num bers of special studies- fine scholars have pieced together, minute by minute, the use of his time- literary critics have dealt with Ms nyle- psycWttrists and psychologists have analysed his character.

Oomprchensive studiat, however, arc scarce and the most recent, iiat of M* Henry B$ rettger f was written before the latest dia soveriaHdiiCoveri^ which are mfiiiitely precious* It would seem that the reasons for this abstention arc on the mt hand tie fact that Chateaubriand himself, in the f ONM^ TIW^ TOW* h own ife* m tit 4p - f* if pf research to the of so long and These two objections have not withheld mc-for these Introduction reasons: ( i) The M$ moires cTOutre-Tombe are far from being wholly trustworthy moreover, Chateaubriand put into them only a fractional part of all that went to make his real life, ( 2) The labour of research has been lightened for me in that, for the last few years, there has existed in Paris a Soci6t6 Chateaubriand which has brought together all the scholars engaged in the study of that writer, classified fresh documents and, finally, issued a bulletin to spread the knowledge of those documents.

To the president of that society, Dr. Le Savoureux, and to his archivist, Mile, Daren berg, I owe my warmest thanks for their careful checking of my work, the proofs of which they have been good enough to read* Without their help, I should never have dared undertake it. The Socit6 Chateaubriand has begun the publication of a com plete bibliography* It is vast and I shall make no attempt to sum marise it here, I would only point out all that this book owes to the excellent work of M, Collas and IVL Aubr6e on Chateaubriands youth, of M.

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