Recollections of a Literary Life Volume 1

Recollections of a Literary Life Volume 1

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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: ...accomplished. If the freshly-laid stones of the Pavilion de Flore and the Salle des Etats had not withstood the petroleum, the Louvre would now be a ruin like the Tuileries. Hector Lefuel has left his mark, and his name is inscribed side by side with those of the great constructive artists who are one of the glories of our.country. Auguste Titeux, who was also an architectural student in 1844, was not to have the same good fortune, although he was one of the most gifted pupils at the School of Rome. Silent and dreamy, with a delicate chest, in spite of his powerful build, his big head, and thick heard, he would warble to a mandolin the airs retained in his head since his-childhood. Although he seldom spoke, he was ready with a repartee, and knew how to snub those who ventured to take a liberty. M. de la Rosiere, Secretary to the Embassy. was one of the kabitues in the drawing-room of the Villa Medicis. Towards artists he affected an air of contemptuous patronage, which did not suit all tastes. He was fond of taking people to task, and as he took his function of diplomat very seriously, he never lost an occasion of giving a lesson in good breeding, of which art he considered himself a past master. Now it was well known that his real name was Thuriot, and that his father was the man to whom Robespierre had said during the terrible seance--" For the last time of you, President of Brigands, . I demand the right of speech!." Nevertheless he gave himself aristocratic airs which provoked a smile. One Sunday, at dinner, M. de la Rosiere was talking with Paul Delaroche, when Titeux thoughtlessly joined in the conversation. M. de la Rosiere turned to Madame Delaroche and said--" I have always observed that the...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236976916
  • 9781236976918