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The Life And Travels Of Xavier Marmier ( 1808 - 1892 ) - Bringing World Literature To France

Mercer, Wendy S

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ISBN 10: 0197263887 / ISBN 13: 9780197263884
Published by Oxford University Press for The British Academy, 2007
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Cloth, dj, F/F. xviii+349pp, 8pp b/w plates, index, a fine copy in a fine dustjacket. A critical biography of the 19th century French traveller, author, poet, ethnologist and novelist Xavier Marmier. His appetite for travel - he was in the Arctic in 1835 & then visited Russia, Syria, Algeria, North & South America ( all between 1842 - 49 ) - was the catalyst for a large number of books. 750 grams. Bookseller Inventory # 44601

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Title: The Life And Travels Of Xavier Marmier ( ...

Publisher: Oxford University Press for The British Academy

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st edition..

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This is the first critical biography of Xavier Marmier. The celebrity of Marmier was such that his death made headline news in most major newspapers in France. Marmier made his reputation as a traveler, travel writer, translator, literary critic, comparatist, journalist, novelist, poet, lecturer, linguist, ethnologist, social historian, and latterly as an outspoken member of the Académie française. His work had a great deal of influence, both direct and indirect, on literary and intellectual developments in France, and also had a significant impact in a number of the countries he visited.

Although his name still figures in studies of comparative literature or the history of travel writing, his innovations have gradually been eclipsed by his successors in various fields, resulting in the neglect of his overall achievements. Marmier's numerous and diverse achievements are assessed here for the first time in their intellectual and historical context, and within the framework of his colorful and somewhat controversial private life.

This volume will be essential reading for scholars and students of the history of nineteenth-century French literature and intellectual life, the history of literary criticism, travel writing, the introduction of foreign literature to France, and those with an interest in the intellectual, social and cultural history of the regions Marmier visited.

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Wendy S. Mercer is Senior Lecturer in French at University College, London

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