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Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve


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Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve : 

"S[ain]te Beuve & Mat. Arnold (in a smaller way) are the only modern critics wh. seem to me worth reading - perhaps, too, Lowell."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Leslie Stephen      Print: Book


Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve : Nouveaux lundis

Henry James to Thomas Sergeant Perry, from Cambridge, Mass., 20 September 1867: "I had just been reading, when your letter came, Taine's Graindorge, of which you speak ... I enjoy Taine more almost than I do any one; but his philosoph of things strikes me as essentially superficial and as if subsisting in the most undignified subservience to his passion for description ... I have also read the last new Mondays of Ste.B, and always with increasing pleasure."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry James      Print: Book


Charles Augustine Sainte-Beuve : [unknown]

'[in the past week I have read] part of 22nd Idyll of Theocritus, Sainte Beuve aloud to G. two evenings... Monday evening [was occupied] with looking through Dickson's Fallacies of the Faculty'.

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: George Eliot [pseud]      Print: Book


Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve : Chateaubriand et son groupe litteraire sous l'Empire

'I have bought Sainte-Beuve's Chateaubriand and am immensely delighted with the critic.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Louis Stevenson      Print: Book


Charles Augustin de Sainte-Beuve : Volupte

'[letter to Mrs Ward from Mr Creighton] I have read "Miss Bretherton" with much interest. It was hardly fair on the book to know the plot beforehand, but I found myself carried away by the delicate feeling with which the development of character was traced. The Nuneham scene, the death-bed and the final reconciliation were really touching and powerfully worked out. At the same time it is not a novel of my sort. I demand that I should have given me an entire slice of life, and that I should see the mutual interaction of a number of characters. Your interest centres entirely on one character: your characters all move in the same region of ideas, and that a narrow one.' [the critique continues at length; Creighton asks Mrs Ward] 'Have you read Sainte Beuve's solitary novel, "Volupte"? it is instructive reading.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Mr Creighton      Print: Book


Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve : 

'[Mrs Ward's average day at Stocks began] at 5.30 a.m, with the reading of Greek, or writing of letters, or much reading, for the reading of many books was still her greatest solace and delight. "For reading, I have been deep in Emile Faguet's "Dix-huitieme siecle", she wrote to Mrs Creighton in August, 1908, "comparing some of the essays in it with Sainte-Beuve, the reactionary with the Liberal; reading Raleigh's Wordsworth, and Homer and Horace as usual. If I could only give three straight months to Greek now I should be able to read most things easily, but I never get time enough - and there are breaks when one forgets what one knew before". Greek literature meant more and more to her as the years went on, and though she could give so little time to it, the half-hour before breakfast which she devoted, with her husband, to Homer, or Euripides, or the "Agamemnon", became gradually more precious to her than any other fraction of the day'.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Augusta ward      Print: Book


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