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Englishing Ourselves

F.W.J. Hemmings, 18 December 1980

by Robert Alter.
Allen and Unwin, 285 pp., £8.95, May 1980, 0 04 928042 2
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... Henri Beyle was born in what could reasonably count as Year I of the modern era, since it was then, in 1783, that the independence of the United States was formally recognised by the European powers. Stendhal made his appearance 34 years later, when a travel guide to Italy was published in Paris as the work of ‘M. de Stendhal, officier de cavalerie ...

Macédoine de Dumas

Douglas Johnson, 6 December 1979

The King of Romance: A Portrait of Alexandre Dumas 
by F.W.J. Hemmings.
Hamish Hamilton, 231 pp., £8.95
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... most successful authors in young people’s editions (such as the Bibliothèque verte)? Professor Hemmings does not altogether answer these questions, because he has written a book which revels in Dumas the man: his energy, his wit, his success with women, his carelessness over money, his restlessness and desire continually to be on the move. It is therefore ...

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