Review of Reviews Annual Volume 12

Review of Reviews Annual Volume 12

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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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ... appearance, shy eyes, something of the clerk about him in his slim but new and well-brushed suit, but with a certain elegance, nevertheless, in his exterior, an ironical charm in his humour, and something indescribably gentle and melancholy in his whole personality that makes him noticeable, and almost compels one to look at him." On Saturdays, the poet Leconte de Lisle held a reception in his rooms on the Boulevard des Invalides. There was lea, poetry and reciting, and hero young Francois might chance to receive a nod from the grey-haired, Apollo-like, and somewhat haughty host. AN AFTERNOON RENDEZVOUS. In the existing "Passage Choiseul " was a little shop, open to all the winds of heaven, and overcrowded with books. It was kept by Alphonse Lemerre, antiquary and lxokseller, and here every afternoon between four and six swarmed the long-haired and as yet unknown young bards and wits. Fair-whiskered Lemerre, somewhat reminiscent of Ronsard, allowed the lively impecunious youths all their own way; the air was filled with merry laughter, noisy jokes, riotous debate. Lemerre's hunchbacked assistant was, on the other hand, anything but a friend to the Bohemians, whose tricks scared away the customers and played the mischief with trade. In the midst of the throng was a young man, earnest and gentle, with a beautiful black beard, and a constant smile for the startling paradoxes of his comrades. It was the poet Andre Theuriet, a promising debutant, who was about to publish a volume of poetry, "Le Chemin de Bois," which won a prize from the Academy and brought him fame. Lemerre was the friend and publisher of the poor young rhymesters. He printed their organ, Le Parnasse Contemporain, which lived three years, and not only...show more

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  • Paperback | 704 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 36mm | 1,234g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236814215
  • 9781236814210