Selections from Saint-Simon (Classic Reprint)

Selections from Saint-Simon (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Selections From Saint-Simon IT is not every lover oi French literature who has the leisure or the courage to read the whole oi saint-simon's Memoires, the text oi which fills eighteen and a half volumes of the edition oi MM. Cheruel and Ad. Regnier fils. Nor is it all of equal interest. I thought, therefore, that a selection might prove acceptable to the busy or faint - hearted reader, and perhaps even whet his appetite for the work itself. In making the selection I have practically confined myself to the first two - thirds Of the M emoz'res, that is to say, to the reign Of Louis XIV, and I have chosen the passages with a View to illustrating that reign during the period of its declining splendour. In the first four chapters we have the roi-soleil and Mme de Maintenon presented to us in their daily life. There follows the account of the review at Compiegne, which gives us some measure Of Louis's boundless extrava gance, and the greater part of the famous chapters on the death Oi Monseigneur, surely one of the greatest things in literature. Lastly there are thirteen portraits, in cluding such masterpieces as Conti, Cardinal d'estrees, Fenelon, the Duke and Duchess of Burgundy, and the. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14mm | 354g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • French
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243060165
  • 9780243060160