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FRENCH LITERATURE.

FRENCH LITERATURE.

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1 Aucassin And Nicolette: The Lovers Of Provence.
Dodge Publishing Company, New York: 1980. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition considering its age. 
A MS. Song-Story of the Twelfth Century. Rendered into Modern French by Alexandre Bida. (Note: This volume is only in English.) Translated into English verse and prose by A. Rodney MacDonough. Illustrtated with engravings after designs by A. Bida, Mary Hallock Foote, W. H. Gibson and F. Dielman. 
Price: 39.90 USD
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2 White Spirit.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2006. European Women Writers Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
After answering a classified ad placed by an import-export company looking for energetic young men willing to take on responsibilities for its African branches — no diploma required —Victor finds himself on The Will of God, a dilapidated boat heading into the heart of darkness as even Conrad couldn't have imagined. With the piquant mixture of hilarity and painful disenchantment characterizing Paule Constant's vision of the "colonial novel," White Spirit follows three innocents—Victor; Lola, a mulatto prostitute; and Alexis, who does not know he's a monkey—as they negotiate the perverse system of desires and hatreds on an African banana plantation. Selling what no one wants or needs, Victor takes delivery of a barrel of mysterious powder promptly christened "white spirit" for its ability to bleach the black arms of the workers handling the shipment. To become whiter and worthier of love, Lola buys some—and then the rest vanishes. In this nightmarish Africa where colonized and colonizers have each other in a stranglehold, the "white spirit" unleashes an obsession that merges whiteness with a return to paradise—an obsession that can only end in catastrophe. Through it all, with her characteristic caustic language, fierce irony, and enormous tenderness for human frailty, Constant portrays the ridiculous without ridicule—and, miraculously, sparks a light of hope in the midst of the torment and suffering. Paule Constant is the author of several novels, including Trading Secrets, winner of the Prix Goncourt, and The Governor's Daughter, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. Betsy Wing has translated Constant's previous novels published by the University of Nebraska Press, as well as Édouard Glissant's The Fourth Century (Nebraska 2001) and HélŹne Cixous's The Book of Promethea (Nebraska 1991). "French novelist Constant, a Prix Goncourt winner, presents a whip-smart postcolonial satire. . . . Constant's mordantly funny novel is at once a brilliantly imagined and rambunctious inquiry into environmental havoc, our close ties to our primate cousins, adulterated religion, the mystique of whiteness, and the persistence of racism, and a piquant tale of survival and longing."—Booklist "This straightforward yet surreal work is beautifully written. Almost every paragraph contains an original and elaborate word construction that never rings false. Wing, who has translated two previous novels by Constant, deserves recognition for her work."—Library Journal "Sad ironies illuminate this deftly mapped journey to the postcolonial heart of darkness. . . . With prose both dark and rollicking, Constant chronicles colonialism's terrible absurdities and reverberating effects on both Africans and Europeans."—Publishers Weekly "A thoroughly odd and original book."—Trish Crapo, Women's Review of Books 
Price: 18.95 USD
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3 BALZAC, HONORE. Balzac: Library Edition, 2 Vols., The Magic Skin, The Quest Of The Absolute And Other Stories (vol. 1); About Catherine De Medici, Serephita And Other Stories (vol 2).
Thompson Publishing Company, Saint Louis: 1901. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
These are translations into English from the French of a number Balzac's writings. 
Price: 72.68 USD
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4 BISHOP, MORRIS. A Survey Of French Literature, Volume 2: The Nineteenth And Twentieth Centuries.
Harcourt, Brace & World, New York: 1965. Revised Edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Reading copy. Notes on pages. 

Price: 9.03 USD
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5 BREE, GERMAINE. Camus.
Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick: 1961. Revised Edition. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Reading copy. 
Beginning with a brief biographical sketch, the author presents and evaluates Camus's work from the earliest writing through the essays, the fiction, and the theater pieces. The book also describes Camus's idea of the writer's function and his own method of performing that function. Includes an Index. 
Price: 7.13 USD
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6 CAMUS, ALBERT; HARDRE, JACQUES; DANIEL, GEORGE B. (EDITORS). Le Malentendu.
The Macmillan Company, New York: 1969. Sixth Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
English & French Text. 
Price: 17.58 USD
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7 CAMUS, ALBERT; HARDRE, JACQUES; DANIEL, GEORGE B. (EDITORS). Le Malentendu.
The Macmillan Company, New York: 1969. Sixth Printing. s Softcover. Good condition. 
English & French Text. 
Price: 14.25 USD
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8 CAMUS, ALBERT; THODY, PHILIP (PREFACE & NOTES). Notebooks 1935-1942.
Alfred A. Knopf, New York: 1963. Second Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
From 1935 until his death, Albert Camus kept a series of notebooks to sketch out ideas for future works, record snatches of conversations and excerpts from books he was reading, jot down his reflections on death and the horror of war, his feelings about women, about loneliness, and art, and the Algerian sun and sea. This volume, the first of three, includes all entries made from the time when Camus was still completely unknown in Europe, until 1942, when the publication of The Stranger made him immediately famous. Translated into English from the French by Philip Thody. 
Price: 42.51 USD
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9 CHERBULIEZ, VICTOR. L'aventure De Ladislas Bolski .
Nelson, Editeurs, Paris. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Very good reading copy. 
French Text. 
Price: 11.40 USD
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10 COLETTE. My Mother's House And Sido.
Farrar, Straus and Young, New York: 1953. First Printing. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Good condition. 
The two books in this volume are variations on the same themes: Colette's childhood, her family and - above all - her mother. Vividly alive, fond of cities, of books, theaters and music, Sido devoted herself to one village, Saint-Saveur, and to one love, her garden with its inhabitants, the children and the animals. Tender yet astringent, generous and decisive, there is no doubt that Sido is Colette's fullest, most adorable and most compassionate character. And the reader sees in her the source of many of the qualities that have made Colette the great writer that she is. Translated into English from the French by Enid McLeod and Una Troubridge. "The American reader will find Colette at her most brilliant best here. . . . If you do not know her work, here is a place to begin . . ." - Henry Seidel Canby 
Price: 22.94 USD
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11 COLETTE; PHELPS, ROBERT (EDITOR & INTRODUCTION). The Collected Stories Of Colette.
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York: 1983. s Softcover. Brand new book still in its original plastic wrapping. 
Brings together in one volume for the first time in any language the comprehensive collection of short stories by the novelist known worldwide as Colette, and now acknowledged, with Proust, as the most original French narrative writer of the first half of the twentieth century. Of the one hundred stories gathered here, thirty-one appear for the first time in English and another twenty-nine have been newly translated for this volume.. 
Price: 8.27 USD
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12 CONSTANT, PAULE. The Governor's Daughter.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman: 1998. European Women Writers Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
The Governor's Daughter is an extraordinary tale of innocence adrift in a monstrous world. Set just after World War I in the French penal colony in Cayenne, French Guiana, it is the story of Chrétienne, the seven-year-old daughter of the colony's governor and his obsessively devout wife, whom the convicts acidly call the "Mother of God." Chrétienne's disarmingly clear view of the adults with whom she lives—her pious parents and the notorious convicts in their charge—is both hilarious and harrowing. Her parents, driven by their desire for sainthood, subject Chrétienne and the prisoners alike to inhuman rigors and coldness. Denied it by her family, the child finds human contact among the convicts, especially the Chinese murderer Tang. Pervading all is the grotesque yet fascinating atmosphere of the penal colony and its colonial setting—an atmosphere that we discover through the alert, inquisitive consciousness of a young girl. Constant's portrayal of Chrétienne and her frightening life in the penal colony is unforgettable—the work of a major literary, and satiric, talent. The Governor's Daughter is one of the most acclaimed French novels of recent years. A finalist for the Prix Goncourt in 1994, it is Paule Constant's sixth novel. She has received many literary awards, including the 1990 Grand Prix du Roman de l'Académie Franćaise for her novel White Spirit. Betsy Wing is a translator and author. Her translations include HélŹne Cixous's The Book of Promethea (Nebraska 1991) and Didier Eribon's Michel Foucault. "La Fille du gobernator doubtless belongs to the literature of excess, but when such mastery is applied to excess, one can only be amazed."—Le Monde 
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13 CONSTANT, PAULE; MILLER, MARGOT (INTRODUCTION). Trading Secrets.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2001. European Women Writers Series. s Softcover. Brand new book. 
Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1998, this book is the work of one of France's most celebrated and interesting novelists writing at the height of her powers. It is fiction that leads readers through fascinating chambers of life where autobiography is constantly reimagined. A darkly comic novel about four women aging less-than-gracefully, Trading Secrets takes us to an academic conference in Kansas where, in an encounter between Aurore, a French woman, and her American counterpart, Gloria, the differences between their two cultures become sharply apparent. The result is a bitingly funny portrait of painfully complex, psychologically damaged individuals, all of whom have been, in some sense, "colonized." The novel also offers an incisive picture of a French posture toward things American, from race relations to feminism to academia. As Paule Constant herself has said: "C'est un livre en miroir." The book is a mirror, both in how its characters reflect one another and in what it shows us of ourselves and our world. Paule Constant is the author of seven novels, including The Governor's Daughter (Nebraska 1998), which was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt in 1994. Betsy Wing's translations include The Governor's Daughter, HélŹne Cixous's The Book of Promethea, and Edouard Glissant's The Fourth Century . Margot Miller teaches French at the University of Maryland. "Set in a mythical Kansas university town, the book centers on four participants of a feminist colloquium who share a house and their lives . . . Through extended character studies that reveal each woman's life history, Constant suggests that they may all be different aspects of an everywoman, victimized by relationships and bad choices. . . . A somber but engaging work that provides keen insight into the feminist psyche."—Library Journal "The ambiguities of displacement and commitment are handled with real élan in this clever comic novel (its author's seventh), which won France's Prix Goncourt in 1998. It explores the interrelationships of four women who meet at a scholarly feminist conference held at Kansas college. . . . Constant's suave analyses of all four women give this engaging tale both welcome specificity and mind-teasing resonance."—Kirkus Reviews "Constant sets this bleak, angst-filled examination of love, envy, and distrust among women in Kansas after a feminist colloquium. . . . Constant illuminates the dark side of feminism, where women pay lip service to ideals but at the same time ruthlessly manipulate one another in the name of sisterhood."—Booklist 
Price: 20.90 USD
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14 CONSTANT, PAULE; MILLER, MARGOT (INTRODUCTION). Trading Secrets.
University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln: 2001. European Women Writers Series. h Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. 
Winner of the Prix Goncourt in 1998, this book is the work of one of France's most celebrated and interesting novelists writing at the height of her powers. It is fiction that leads readers through fascinating chambers of life where autobiography is constantly reimagined. A darkly comic novel about four women aging less-than-gracefully, Trading Secrets takes us to an academic conference in Kansas where, in an encounter between Aurore, a French woman, and her American counterpart, Gloria, the differences between their two cultures become sharply apparent. The result is a bitingly funny portrait of painfully complex, psychologically damaged individuals, all of whom have been, in some sense, "colonized." The novel also offers an incisive picture of a French posture toward things American, from race relations to feminism to academia. As Paule Constant herself has said: "C'est un livre en miroir." The book is a mirror, both in how its characters reflect one another and in what it shows us of ourselves and our world. Paule Constant is the author of seven novels, including The Governor's Daughter (Nebraska 1998), which was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt in 1994. Betsy Wing's translations include The Governor's Daughter, HélŹne Cixous's The Book of Promethea, and Edouard Glissant's The Fourth Century . Margot Miller teaches French at the University of Maryland. "Set in a mythical Kansas university town, the book centers on four participants of a feminist colloquium who share a house and their lives . . . Through extended character studies that reveal each woman's life history, Constant suggests that they may all be different aspects of an everywoman, victimized by relationships and bad choices. . . . A somber but engaging work that provides keen insight into the feminist psyche."—Library Journal "The ambiguities of displacement and commitment are handled with real élan in this clever comic novel (its author's seventh), which won France's Prix Goncourt in 1998. It explores the interrelationships of four women who meet at a scholarly feminist conference held at Kansas college. . . . Constant's suave analyses of all four women give this engaging tale both welcome specificity and mind-teasing resonance."—Kirkus Reviews "Constant sets this bleak, angst-filled examination of love, envy, and distrust among women in Kansas after a feminist colloquium. . . . Constant illuminates the dark side of feminism, where women pay lip service to ideals but at the same time ruthlessly manipulate one another in the name of sisterhood."—Booklist 
Price: 47.50 USD
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15 DAUDET, ALPHONSE; ROSSI, MYRBACH AND OTHERS (ILLUSTRATED BY); GUILLAUME BROTHERS (ENGRAVED BY). Sappho: Parisian Manners.
George Routledge and Sons, New York. h Leatherette cover with gold leaf stamping, no dustjacket. Fair condition. The top of spine, about the size of a quarter is missing. 
Tells the story of an aging model's doomed love for a young student who knows nothing of her past. Translated into English from the French. 
Price: 23.51 USD
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16 DE BALZAC, HONORE. A Harlot High And Low: (splendeurs Et Miseres Des Courtisanes ).
Penguin Books, Baltimore: 1970. 0140442324 / 9780140442328 s Softcover. Reading copy. 
A splendid example of the 'Scenes of Parisian Life.' Brings to bear the author;s encyclopaedic knowledge of finance, fashionable intrigue, and the ramifications both of the underworld and of the police system. 
Price: 19.10 USD
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17 DE CHATEAUBRIAND, FRANCOIS-RENE; STEWART, CAROLINE (EDITOR, INTRODUCTION, NOTES AND VOCABULARY). Atala And Rene.
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford/London: . Oxford French Series. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
Atala embodies Chateaubriand's impression of what he saw in America. In Rene, he gave voice to the sentiments of despair which, in France, after the close of the Revolution lay dorman more or less in all men's hearts. Texts are in French with extensive notes and a Vocabulary in English and French. 
Price: 43.23 USD
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18 DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN; CLARAC, PIERRE (INTRODUCTION). Fables Choisies Mises En Vers.
Association Pur La Diffusion De La Pensee Francaise, Paris: 1946. s Softcover. Good condition considering its age. 
French Text. 
Price: 32.78 USD
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19 DE LA FONTAINE, JEAN; FERRAND, JACQUES (ILLUSTRAYIONS). Fables.
Maison Mame, Paris: 1950. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition. 
En francais. 
Price: 47.50 USD
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20 DE MAUPASSANT, GUY. The Works Of Guy De Maupassant - Volume Vi - Bel Ami.
Bigelow, Brown & Co., New York: 1923. Reprint Edition. h Hardcover, no dustjacket. Good condition considering its age. 
In addition to Bel Ami, this illustrated volume also includes The Madman, The Homecoming and Happiness. 
Price: 19.00 USD
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