First French Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book

First French Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book

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Edited by Stanley Appelbaum, Translated by Stanley Appelbaum

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Language: English / French
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 210mm x 14mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486461785
  • ISBN 13: 9780486461786
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 20,719

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This excellent anthology offers the beginning French-language student a first taste of some of the world's most significant prose. Chosen for both their eloquence and ease of reading, excerpts from such masterpieces as "Les Miserables, The Red and the Black, Madame Bovary, Carmen, " and "The Three Musketeers" will open new worlds for linguists. Readers will savor the words of fifty great writers of multiple genres from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, including Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac, Baudelaire, Dumas, Proust, and other literary virtuosos. Lucid and accessible, the unabridged English translations by Stanley Appelbaum appear on pages that face the original French text. Literature lovers, French-language students, and other readers will find this volume a fascinating exploration of French literature...and an invaluable aid to mastering one of the world's most romantic languages.

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Table of contents

IntroductionRené Descartes  Discours de la méthode / Discourse on the MethodFrançois, duc de La Rochefoucauld  Maximes / EpigramsMarie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné  Lettres / LettersJacques-Bénigne Bossuet  Orasison funèbre d’Henriette-Marie / Funeral Oration for Henrietta MariaMarie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette  La Princesse de Clèves / The Princess of ClèvesJean de La Bruyère  Les caractères / The CharactersAnthony Hamilton  Mémoires du comte de Gramont / Memoirs of the Count of GramontAlain-René Lesage  Gil Blas de Santillane / Gil Blas de SantillanaPierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux  Le paysan parvenu / The Newly Rich PeasantCharles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu  Lettres persanes / Persian LettersVoltaire  Zadig / ZadigAntoine-François, abbé Prévost  Manon Lescaut / Manon LescautMarie Leprince de Beaumont  “La Belle et la Bête” / “Beauty and the Beast”Jean-Jacques Rousseau  La nouvelle Héloïse / The New HéloïseDenis Diderot  Le neveu de Rameau / Rameau’s NephewJean le Rond d’Alembert  “Collège” (Encyclopédie) / “Secondary Education” (Encyclopaedia)Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre  Paul et Virginie / Paul and VirginiePierre-Ambroise-François Choderlos de Laclos  Les liasions dangereuses / Dangerous ConnectionsGermaine Necker, madame de Staël  Corinne / CorinnaBenjamin Constant  Adolphe / AdolpheFrancois-René, viconte de Chateaubriand  René / RenéStendhal  Le rouge et le noir / The Red and the BlackAlfred de Vigny  Servitude et grandeur militaries / Constraints and Grandeur of the Military LifeHonoré [de] Balzac  Le lys dans la vallée / The Lily in the ValleyVictor-Marie Hugo  Le misérables / The Wretched of the EarthAlexandre Dumas père  Le trois mousquetaires / The Three MusketeersProsper Mérimée  Carmen / CarmenGeorge Sand  La mare au diable / The Devil’s PoolCharles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve  Volupté / Sensual PleasureGérard de Nerval  “Sylvie” (Les filles du feu) / “Sylvie” (The Fire Maidens)Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly  Ce qui ne meurt pas / That Which Does Not DieAlfred de Musset  La confession d’un enfant du siècle / The Confession of a Child of the AgeThéophile Gautier  Le capitaine Fracasse / Captain FracassoEugène Fromentin  Dominique / DominiqueCharles Baudelaire  Le spleen de Paris / The Spleen of ParisGustave Flaubert  Madame Bovary / Madame BovaryAlexandre Dumas fils  La dame aux camélias / The Lady with the CamelliasJules Verne  Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours / Around the World in Eighty DaysJean-Marie-…, comte de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam  “Duke of Portland” (Contes cruels) / “Duke of Portland” (Cruel Tales)Émile Zola  Thérèse Raquin / Thérèse RaquinAlphonse Daudet  “La dernière classe” (Contes du Lundi) / “The Last Class” (Monday Tales)Joris-Karl Huysmans  A rebours / Against the GrainGuy de Maupassant  “Denis” (Miss Harriet) / “Denis” (Miss Harriet)Henri Bergson  L’évolution créatrice / Creative EvolutionJules Renard  Poil de carotte / Carrot TopAndré Gide  La symphonie pastorale / The Pastoral SymphonyMarcel Proust   Du côté de chez Swann / Swann’s WaySidonie-Gabrielle Colette  La maison de Claudine / Claudine’s HouseRoger Martin du Gard  Le cahier gris / The Gray NotebookValery Larbaud  Fermina Márquez / Fermina Márquez