Anatole France (eigentl. François-Anatole Thibault)

French poet and journalist, 1844-1924

"Ironic and skeptical, France was considered in his day the ideal French man of letters. He was a member of the Académie française, and won the 1921 Nobel Prize in Literature ""in recognition of his brilliant literary achievements, characterized as they are by a nobility of style, a profound human sympathy, grace, and a true Gallic temperament"". ""La Revolte des Anges"" (Revolt of the Angels, 1914) is often considered Anatole France's most profound and ironic novel. He is also widely believed to be the model for narrator Marcel's literary idol Bergotte in Marcel Proust's ""In Search of Lost Time""."

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France, Anatole

French writer (1844-1924). Autograph manuscript signed. No place or date. 4to. 16 pp. mounted on paper. Modern half cloth.
$ 3,952 / 3.500 € (82854/BN54222)

Witty short novel titled "Histoire contemporain. L'orthographe", signed on the last page. - France's "L'histoire contemporaine" was published in four parts between 1897 and 1901. The last part, "Monsieur Bergeret à Paris" (1901), deals with the Dreyfus affair. France had signed Zola's manifesto in support of Dreyfus. In the manuscript, Monsieur Bergeret joins an association of grammarians founded by Théophile Sopilixidrette: "Monsieur Bergeret méditait dans son cabinet sur l'aptitude des foules à l'erreur, quand il reçut la visite de Monsieur Théophile Sopilixidrette.

Monsieur Sopilixidrette est un homme parfaitement poli, un peu timide et très doux. Mais on ne peut s'y tromper. Sa douceur est l'inflexible douceur des croyants. Monsieur Théophile Sopilixidrette est un réformateur. Il travaille à la réforme avec un zèle religieux et un fanatisme candide. L'oeil ardet et la geste prompte, il ouvrit aux yeux de Monsieur Bergeret un registre couvert de signatueres. Monsieru, dit-il, j'ai fondé l'union des grammairiens pour opérer la révision du dictionnaire en suppriment 2 les anomalies [...]". - Some notes in coloured pencil and corrections..

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