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Contes en Prose

par Francois Coppee

c1895 - Paris - Alphonse Lemerre

7.5" x 5", 198pp

 

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Leatherbound volume with gilt title to the spine, marble paper covered boards and marble paper pastedowns.

Franois Edouard Joachim Coppe (26 January 1842 23 May 1908), was a French poet and novelist.

He was born in Paris to a civil servant. After attending the Lyce Saint-Louis he became a clerk in the ministry of war, and won public favour as a poet of the Parnassian school. His first printed verses date from 1864. In 1869 his first play, Le Passant, was received with approval at the Odon theatre, and later Fais ce que dois (1871) and Les Bijoux de la dlivrance (1872), short poetic dramas inspired by the Franco-Prussian War, were applauded.

After holding a post in the library of the senate, Coppe was chosen in 1878 as archivist of the Comdie Franaise, an office he held till 1884. In that year his election to the Acadmie franaise caused him to retire from all public appointments. He was made an officer of the Legion of Honour in 1888.

Coppe was famed as le pote des humbles (the poet of the humble). His verse and prose focus on plain expressions of emotion, patriotism, the joy of young love, and the pitifulness of the poor. He continued to write plays, mostly serious dramas in verse, two in collaboration with Armand d'Artois. The performance of a short episode of the Commune, Le Pater, was prohibited by the government in 1889. Coppe published his first prose work in 1875 and went on to publish short stories, an autobiography of his youth, a series of short articles on miscellaneous subjects, and La Bonne Souffrance, a popular account of his reconversion to the Roman Catholic Church. His conversion was due to a severe illness which twice brought him close to death. He was also interested with public affairs, joining the most violent section of the Nationalist movement (while remaining contemptuous of the apparatus of democracy) and taking a leading part against Alfred Dreyfus in the Dreyfus affair. He was one of the founders of the Ligue de la Patrie Franaise.


This volume bears the bookplate of The Right Hon. Sir Ronald Charles Lindsay. He served as British Ambassador to the United States of America from 1929 to 1939.

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The binding is tight and firm. There is some wear to the extremities including rubbing to the edges of the boards and spine. Internally the pages are generally clean and bright with the occasional handling mark and odd spot. There is a bookplate to the front pastedown. Overall the volume is in very good condition.

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