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The Journal of Jules Renard - (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 264

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Tin House Books

Author: Jules Renard

Language: English

Street Date: November 14, 2017
TCIN: 77518046
UPC: 9781941040812
Item Number (DPCI): 247-34-9865


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. Through a mix of aphorisms and observations, short scenes, gossip, jokes, and meditations on life and art, Renard 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.

In recent years, the fragmented memoir has grown in popularity, and there's been a resurgence of diary as an artistic form. Once again, Jean Paul Sartre's assessment that "directly, or indirectly, Renard is at the origin of contemporary literature" rings true. In a new introduction, Sarah Manguso--whose groundbreaking nonfiction incorporates elements of diary and aphorism--both contextualizes and celebrates Renard's seminal journal.

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