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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
  • 137 x 214 x 18mm | 364g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486264432
  • 9780486264431
  • 38,985

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"The selections are good and the translations are excellent."―Germaine Brée, 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, at the various times of their composition, with the metaphysical and psychological problems of man.
Contents include Micromégas (Voltaire), La Messe de l'Athée (Honoré de Balzac), La Légende 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 (André Gide), Grand-Lebrun (François Mauriac), Le Passe-Muraille (Marcel Aymé), and L'Hôte (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 Original French. 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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