The Rise Of The French Novel

Nonfiction by Martin Turnell

Martin Turnell’s The Rise of the French Novel is a successor to his highly praised earlier books, The Novel in France (1951) and The Art of French Fiction (1959). His aim now, however, is somewhat different, as can be seen from the title. It is well known that the reputations of many writers, novelists especially, diminish for a period following their deaths. Although in the eighteenth century Marivaux, Crébillon fils, and Rousseau all enjoyed a great deal of popularity during their lifetimes, it is only recently that they have been subject to truly searching studies.…
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Jean Racine - Dramatist

Nonfiction by Martin Turnell

“This is a book about dramatic experience,” declares Martin Turnell in his introduction to this, the latest in his distinguished series of studies in French literature. The author of The Art of French Fiction, Baudelaire: A Stusy of his Poetry, The Classical Moment, and The Novel in France now turns to the work of Jean Racine, insisting that the true test of France’s greatest tragic playwright remains the continuing effectiveness of the theatre itself.…
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