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Pierre Noziere

Anatole France

c1920 - Paris - Calmann-Levy

7" by 4" - 324pp


 

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Leather bound copy with gilt titles to spine and marbled boards.  In the original French.

Anatole France (April 16, 1844 October 12, 1924) was the pen name of French author Jacques Anatole Franois Thibault. He was born in Paris, France, and died in Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France.

Anatole France became known after the publication of Le crime de Sylvestre Bonnard (1881) where he looked back at the 18th century as a golden age. Its protagonist, skeptical old scholar Sylvester Bonnard, embodied France's own personality. The novel was praised for its elegant prose and won him a prize from the French Academy. In La rotisserie de la Reine Pedauque (1893) Anatole France ridiculed belief in the occult; and in Les opinions de Jerome Coignard (1893), France captures the atmosphere of the fin de sicle.

France's later works include L'le des Pingouins (1908) which satirizes human nature by depicting the transformation of penguins into humans - after the animals have been baptized in error by the nearsighted Abbot Mael. La Revolte des Anges (1914), often considered France's most profound novel, tells the story of Arcade, the guardian angel of Maurice d'Esparvieu, who falls in love, joins the revolutionary movement of angels, and toward the end realizes that the overthrow of God is meaningless unless in ourselves and in ourselves alone we attack and destroy Ialdabaoth.

In the 1920s France's writings were put on the index of Libri prohibiti

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The binding is generally tight and firm and both covers are attached.  The front inner hinge is strained but holding.  There is some wear to the extremities including rubbing tot he edges and bumping to the corners.  There are chips in the paper covered boards and the bottom half of the spine is rubbed and slightly faded.  Internally the book is generally clean apart from some isolated spotting in places.  The front coloured end paper is loose.

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