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Drawn from two centuries of French literature, these superb selections by ten great writers span a wide variety of styles, philosophies and literary creeds. The stories reflect not only the beliefs of various literary schools, but the preoccupations of French civilization, at the various times of the composition, with the metaphysical and psychological problems of man.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English, French
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486264432
  • 9780486264431
  • 29,694

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"The selections are good and the translations are excellent." Germaine Bree, New York University Drawn from two centuries of French literature, these superb selections by ten great writers span a wide variety of styles, philosophies, and literary creeds. The stories reflect not only the beliefs of various literary schools, but the preoccupations of French civilization, atthe various times of their composition, with the metaphysical and psychological problems of man. Contents include Micromegas (Voltaire), La Messe de l'Athee (Honore de Balzac), La Legende de Saint Julien l'Hospitalier (Gustave Flaubert), Le Spleen de Paris (Charles Baudelaire), Menuet (Guy de Maupassant), Mort de Judas (Paul Claudel), Le Retour de l'Enfant Prodigue (Andre Gide), Grand-Lebrun (Francois Mauriac), Le Passe-Muraille (Marcel Ayme), and L'Hote (Albert Camus). Students of French, or those who wish to refresh their knowledge of the language, will welcome this treasury of masterly fiction. The selections are arranged chronologically, allowing the reader to witness the development of French literary art from Voltaire to Camus. Excellent English translations appear on pages facing the OriginalFrench. Also included are a French-English vocabulary list, textural notes, and exercises. Unabridged, slightly revised Dover (1990) edition of the work published by Bantam Books, Inc., 1960."

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Table of contents

Foreword VOLTAIRE   Micromégas   Micromégas HONORÉ DE BALZAC   La Messe de l'Athée   The Atheist's Mass GUSTAVE FLAUBERT   La Légende de Saint Julien l'Hospitalier   The Legend of St. Julian the Hospitaler CHARLES BAUDELAIRE   "Le Spleen de Paris (Le Vieux Saltimbanque, Le Joujou de Pauvre, La Corde)"   "Spleen of Paris (The Old Clown, The Poor Boy's Toy, The Rope)" GUY DE MAUPASSANT   Menuet   Minuet PAUL CLAUDEL   Mort de Judas   Death of Judas ANDRÉ GIDE   Le Retour de l'Enfant Prodigue   The Return of the Prodigal Son FRANÇOIS MAURIAC   Grand-Lebrun   Grand-Lebrun MARCEL AYMÉ   Le Passe-Muraille   The Passer-through-Walls ALBERT CAMUS   L'Hôte   The Guest Notes Questionnaire Vocabulary

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