Some French Writers

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byEdward Delille

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... M. MAURICE BARRES. Ample vesture, and so meagre a frame beneath; sleek body, with a soul starveling as well as corrupt--is not that the main impression conveyed by much of the most noticeable French literature of the hour, literature not only lost to the sense of virtue, but hardly even alive to the full, fell power of passion or vice; base torpidly, wicked frigidly, sinful labouriously with a view to the acquisition of gros sous thereby; latter-day Gautiers and Baudelaires distilling strange filth in the columns of boulevard prints, lineal descendants of Merimee and Flaubert chiefly devoting their skill to the analysis of abomination; Cellinis, in a word, who are for ever carving obscenities, and that, too, less for love of the thing than on account of the material advantages of the trade. These are doubtless extreme considerations, applying to particular (albeit all too typical) cases, and which none will be inclined to take as covering the entire field of contemporary French letters. Who can deny, however, that this poverty, this pettiness, indeed almost vileness of inward life, as contrasting with a well-nigh unprecedented degree of exterior refinement and perfection, pervades some of the highest as well as lowest writing of the day in France, from M. Renan to M. Mendes, and constitutes its chief characteristic? The art, admirable and exquisite; the artist, so often, very nearly the reverse... "With M. Maurice Barres, nearly alone amid such a number of soulless artists or else of inartistic "honest" writers, art and feeling go hand in hand. For this sole reason, if for none other, the author of Sous VQUil des Barhares, Tin Homme Libre and Le Jarclin de Berenice would deserve the honours of a formal introduction to the English public....

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ... M. MAURICE BARRES. Ample vesture, and so meagre a frame beneath; sleek body, with a soul starveling as well as...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217051707

ISBN - 13:9780217051705

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