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The Journal of Jules Renard
     

The Journal of Jules Renard

by Jules Renard
 

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"Directly, or indirectly, Renard is at the origin of contemporary literature."--Jean-Paul Sartre Spanning from 1887 to a month before his death in 1910, The Journal of Jules Renard is a unique autobiographical masterpiece that, though celebrated abroad, is largely undiscovered in the United States.

Spanning from 1887 to a month before his death in 1910

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"Directly, or indirectly, Renard is at the origin of contemporary literature."--Jean-Paul Sartre Spanning from 1887 to a month before his death in 1910, The Journal of Jules Renard is a unique autobiographical masterpiece that, though celebrated abroad, is largely undiscovered in the United States.

Spanning from 1887 to a month before his death in 1910, The Journal of Jules Renard is a unique autobiographical masterpiece that, though celebrated abroad and cited as a principle influence by writers as varying as Somerset Maugham and Donald Barthelme, remains largely undiscovered in the United States. Throughout his journal, Renard develops not only his artistic convictions but also his humanity as he reflects on the nineteenth-century French literary and art scene, and on the emergence of his position as an important novelist and playwright in that world. Renard provides aphorisms and quips, and portrays the details of his personal life—his love interests, his position as a socialist mayor of Chitry, the suicide of his father—that often appear in his work.

Editorial Reviews

Bookforum
“The irresistibly quotableJournal of Jules Renard, a record of Renard''''s development as a writer in fin de siecle France, demonstrates his gift for quips, aphorisms, and striking observations.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Jules Renard''''s endlessly amusing journals are available again, and whether read straight through or dipped into at random, they''''re a marvel to behold...readers of this work are certainly encouraged to laugh throughout at his singularly savage wit.”
Jean-Paul Sartre
“Directly, or indirectly, Renard is at the origin of contemporary literature.”
Michael Silverblatt
“You are holding a secret book, which influenced many great writers. I received it first from Donald Barthelme who received it from Susan Sontag. Once you have found it, you will find again and again that many of the writers you love have read it. Renard''''s way with the detail is unforgettable. I have never forgotten the starfish placed like a badge on a little boy''''s swimsuit at the beach, his baby arms and legs wiggling like the starfishes. Renard writes about spiders, about the moon, and the poetry he makes from the things his eyes tell him is joyful, particular-the world in a detail.”
Marilyn Dahl - Shelf Awareness
“Poetic, amusing, instructive, melancholic—Renard''''s writing should find its way to the shelves of writers and lovers of fine writing. How ideal to have sentences like this at hand: ''''In the path, the caterpillar plays a soundless little tune on its accordion.''''”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935639596
Publisher:
Tin House Books
Publication date:
07/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
700 KB

Meet the Author

Jules Renard (1864-1910) was a French author and member of the Académie Goncourt, most famous for the works Poil de Carotte (Carrot hair) (1894) and Histoires naturelles (Natural Histories) (1896). Among his other works are Le Plaisir de rompre (The Pleasure of Breaking) (1898) and Huit jours à la campagne (Eight Days in the Countryside) (1906).

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