Picciola the Prisoner of Finestrella: or, Captivity Captive

X. B. Saintine

Published by Phinney, Blakeman & Mason, New York, N.Y., 1861
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Title: Picciola the Prisoner of Finestrella: or, ...

Publisher: Phinney, Blakeman & Mason, New York, N.Y.

Publication Date: 1861

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good +

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1861 Publication date on title page. 'A New Edition with Illustrations. Book is in very good plus condition considering its age. There is a neatly scripted owner's name on inside of front cover (W. Gary Smith, dated, March 5 th.,1862). The author was born 8 ¿ 21 January 1865) was a French dramatist and novelist. He was born Joseph Xavier Boniface in Paris in 1798. In 1823, he produced a volume of poetry in the manner of the Romanticists, entitled Poèmes, odes, épîtres. In 1836 appeared Picciola, a novel about the comte de Charney, a political prisoner in Piedmont, whose reason was saved by his cultivation of a tiny flower growing between the paving stones of his prison yard. This story is a masterpiece of the sentimental kind, and has been translated into many European languages.[1] The novel earned him renown and came to be regarded as a classic of French literature.[2] He produced many other novels, none of striking individuality with the exception of Seul (1857), which purported to be the authentic record of Alexander Selkirk on his desert island. Saintine was a prolific dramatist, and collaborated in more than 200 pieces with Eugène Scribe and others, usually under the name of Xavier. He co-wrote the story which was to form the basis for Bellini's opera I puritani. He died in Paris in 1865.[1][2]. Bookseller Inventory # 000727

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