A Short History of French Literature by Leon Emile Kastner

A Short History of French Literature

byLeon Emile Kastner

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1907. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III PROSE First in order of the novelists of the 18th century, and on the whole first in importance, is Le Sage, of whose comedies e have already spoken. While most of his contemporaries turned towards England, he turned to Spain, and it is to the picaroon romance of Spain, a kind of belated romance of chivalry, that the inspiration of his two most famous works, Le Diable Boiteux and Gil Blas, is to be traced. But while the setting and many of the incidents are borrowed in this way, it is the originality of his novels which constitutes their importance, and it is as initiator of the rowan de mceurs that he ranks as the leading novelist of his century. Le Diable Boiteux (1707), of which both title and framework were borrowed from a Spanish romancer Guevara, is a long string of adventures, in which a number of characters are brought before us in romantic and often whimsical, but always realistic fashion. This realism in the painting of the conditions of life is the original and characteristic feature of Le Sage's novels, and in his next and greatest work, Gil Blas, is much more strongly marked. Here Gil Bias in his many qualities and positions serves to paint so many conditions of human life. This attempt to represent universal humanity in the one novel is the cause of its greatest fault--diffuseness and want of plan and uniformity. Gil Bias himself really is a number of different characters, which have little in common but their name, while many of the minor characters have nothing whatever to do with the action, and are merely dragged in in order to contribute by the story of their own experiences another phase of the great comedy of life. The first instalment of Gil Bias appeared in 1715, the last in 1735, so that it contains indirectly the ref...

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Title:A Short History of French LiteratureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:January 8, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217157734

ISBN - 13:9780217157735

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