Three Centuries of French Literature

Three Centuries of French Literature

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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. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...revolution--and accompanied Bonaparte to Egypt. General Dumas died in 1807 and left no fortune to his son. When the latter was twenty years of age he went to Paris to solicit the aid of his father's friends in obtaining a position. General Foy, the great orator, was willing to help him an-d asked him a few questions about his education. Dumas blushed in acknowledging his ignorance, and General Foy finally asked him to give him his address. On seeing Dumas's handwriting the general exclaimed: " We are saved; you write a good hand." He then obtained a situation for the young man as one of the clerks of the Duke of Orleans, at a salary of 1,200 francs. It is said that Dumas told General Foy that he would live from his handwriting until he could live from his pen. From that moment his life became one of arduous labor. He devoted his nights to study and read a number of books which gave a certain discipline to his wonderful imagination. He says in his " Memoirs " that he attended once a representation of "Hamlet," and that he felt like a blind man who had regained his sight. In 1827 Victor Hugo wrote " Cromwell," and gave in the preface to that work the precepts of the romantic drama: No unities of time and of place, the comic and the serious in the same play, the faithful representation of history and of nature. Dumas adopted enthusiastically Hugo's ideas and wrote " C hrisfine at Fontainebleau." This drama was accepted at the Theatre Francais, but was' not played. Dumas was more fortunate with " Henry III. and His Court," which was acted on February II, 1829. As Hugo's " Cromwell" and " M arion Delorme " had not...show more

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  • Paperback | 126 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236886429
  • 9781236886422