Causeries Du Lundi (volume 7)

Paperback | February 2, 2012

byCharles Augustin Sainte-beuve

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851. Excerpt: ... CHAMFORT Monday, 22 September 1851. C11amfort had too much of what Marmontel was deficient in: he had that bitterness which often accompanies power, but which does not necessarily imply it. He has left behind him a name and many witty sayings which are repeated. Some of these sayings are like well struck coin that has retained its value, but most of them are more like sharp arrows that come unexpectedly and continue to whiz. Others are terribly misanthropic. The impression he has left is therefore that of causticity personified, of a sort of envious spite. He had received from nature, under a pretty and pleasing exterior, a certain burning energy which constitutes to a high degree the literary temperament and which borders on talent: 'This energy, it has been remarked, ordinarily condemns those who possess it to the misfortune, not of being without morality and having no very fine impulses, but of frequently giving way to sins which might suppose the absence of all morality. It is a devouring asperity which they cannot control and which makes them very odious.' He experienced and proved the disadvantage of it more than anybody. His talents were inferior to his wit and ideas, and he felt it: his energy, apparently less justified, concentrated itself more and more, it became soured and cankered him. He offers one of the most curious and one of the clearest examples of that kind of moral malady, his existence is one of those that best characterise the man of letters of the end of the eighteenth century. As I happen to have collected in the course of my readings many precise notions about him, I ask permission to speak of him here after others who have already done so very well, but who have considered him from the point of view which is that of all similar s...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851. Excerpt: ... CHAMFORT Monday, 22 September 1851. C11amfort had too much of what Marmontel was deficient in: he had that bitterness which of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:74 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217456251

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