Barbey Daurevilly, Jules Amédée

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Barbey D’aurevilly, Jules Amédée


Born Nov. 2, 1808, in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte; died Apr. 23, 1889, in Paris. French writer; late romantic.

In the book of essays On Dandyism and George Brum-mell (1845; Russian translation, 1912), Barbey d’Aurevilly idealized the society dandy. After 1848, having become a fanatic Catholic and Legitimist, he wrote historical novels about the struggle of the Chouans against the 18th-century bourgeois revolution (The Bewitched, vols. 1–2, 1855; Le Chevalier des Touches, 1864; and The Married Priest, vols. 1–2, 1865), as well as political and literary articles and pamphlets (Works and Figures, 19th Century, vols. 1–15, 1860–95). Barbey d’Aurevilly’s novels The Old Paramour (1851) and Story Without a Title (1882), as well as the collection of stories The Diabolic (1874; Russian translation, 1908) and other works are imbued with pessimistic fatalism.


Oeuvres, vols. 1–7. Paris, 1927.
In Russian translation:
D’iavol’skie maski. Moscow, 1913.


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