First French Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book

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This excellent anthology offers the beginning French-language student a first taste of some of the world's most significant prose. Chosen for both their eloquence and ease of reading, excerpts from such masterpieces as Les Misérables, The Red and the Black, Madame Bovary, Carmen, and The Three Musketeers will open new worlds for linguists. Readers will savor the words of fifty great writers of multiple genres from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, including Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac, Baudelaire, ...
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Overview


This excellent anthology offers the beginning French-language student a first taste of some of the world's most significant prose. Chosen for both their eloquence and ease of reading, excerpts from such masterpieces as Les Misérables, The Red and the Black, Madame Bovary, Carmen, and The Three Musketeers will open new worlds for linguists. Readers will savor the words of fifty great writers of multiple genres from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, including Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac, Baudelaire, Dumas, Proust, and other literary virtuosos.
Lucid and accessible, the unabridged English translations by Stanley Appelbaum appear on pages that face the original French text. Literature lovers, French-language students, and other readers will find this volume a fascinating exploration of French literature...and an invaluable aid to mastering one of the world's most romantic languages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486461786
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Language: French
  • Series: Dover Dual Language French Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 250,574
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
René Descartes
  Discours de la méthode / Discourse on the Method
François, duc de La Rochefoucauld
  Maximes / Epigrams
Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné
  Lettres / Letters
Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
  Orasison funèbre d’Henriette-Marie / Funeral Oration for Henrietta Maria
Marie-Madeleine Pioche de La Vergne, comtesse de La Fayette
  La Princesse de Clèves / The Princess of Clèves
Jean de La Bruyère
  Les caractères / The Characters
Anthony Hamilton
  Mémoires du comte de Gramont / Memoirs of the Count of Gramont
Alain-René Lesage
  Gil Blas de Santillane / Gil Blas de Santillana
Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux
  Le paysan parvenu / The Newly Rich Peasant
Charles de Secondat, baron de Montesquieu
  Lettres persanes / Persian Letters
Voltaire
  Zadig / Zadig
Antoine-François, abbé Prévost
  Manon Lescaut / Manon Lescaut
Marie Leprince de Beaumont
  “La Belle et la Bête” / “Beauty and the Beast”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  La nouvelle Héloïse / The New Héloïse
Denis Diderot
  Le neveu de Rameau / Rameau’s Nephew
Jean le Rond d’Alembert
  “Collège” (Encyclopédie) / “Secondary Education” (Encyclopaedia)
Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre
  Paul et Virginie / Paul and Virginie
Pierre-Ambroise-François Choderlos de Laclos
  Les liasions dangereuses / Dangerous Connections
Germaine Necker, madame de Staël
  Corinne / Corinna
Benjamin Constant
  Adolphe / Adolphe
Francois-René, viconte de Chateaubriand
  René / René
Stendhal
  Le rouge et le noir / The Red and the Black
Alfred de Vigny
  Servitude et grandeur militaries / Constraints and Grandeur of the Military Life
Honoré [de] Balzac
  Le lys dans la vallée / The Lily in the Valley
Victor-Marie Hugo
  Le misérables / The Wretched of the Earth
Alexandre Dumas père
  Le trois mousquetaires / The Three Musketeers
Prosper Mérimée
  Carmen / Carmen
George Sand
  La mare au diable / The Devil’s Pool
Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve
  Volupté / Sensual Pleasure
Gérard de Nerval
  “Sylvie” (Les filles du feu) / “Sylvie” (The Fire Maidens)
Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly
  Ce qui ne meurt pas / That Which Does Not Die
Alfred de Musset
  La confession d’un enfant du siècle / The Confession of a Child of the Age
Théophile Gautier
  Le capitaine Fracasse / Captain Fracasso
Eugène Fromentin
  Dominique / Dominique
Charles Baudelaire
  Le spleen de Paris / The Spleen of Paris
Gustave Flaubert
  Madame Bovary / Madame Bovary
Alexandre Dumas fils
  La dame aux camélias / The Lady with the Camellias
Jules Verne
  Le tour du monde en quatre-vingts jours / Around the World in Eighty Days
Jean-Marie-…, comte de Villiers de l’Isle-Adam
  “Duke of Portland” (Contes cruels) / “Duke of Portland” (Cruel Tales)
Émile Zola
  Thérèse Raquin / Thérèse Raquin
Alphonse Daudet
  “La dernière classe” (Contes du Lundi) / “The Last Class” (Monday Tales)
Joris-Karl Huysmans
  A rebours / Against the Grain
Guy de Maupassant
  “Denis” (Miss Harriet) / “Denis” (Miss Harriet)
Henri Bergson
  L’évolution créatrice / Creative Evolution
Jules Renard
  Poil de carotte / Carrot Top
André Gide
  La symphonie pastorale / The Pastoral Symphony
Marcel Proust
  Du côté de chez Swann / Swann’s Way
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
  La maison de Claudine / Claudine’s House
Roger Martin du Gard
  Le cahier gris / The Gray Notebook
Valery Larbaud
  Fermina Márquez / Fermina Márquez
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