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Masterpieces of French literature
Severson, Marilyn S.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004.
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xiii, 186 pages ; 25 cm.
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PQ651 .S48 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This volume provides a critical introduction to eight landmark novels in 19th- and 20th-century French literature, including The Plague, Madame Bovary , and The Little Prince .

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MARILYN S. SEVERSON is Professor of European Studies specializing in French in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Seattle Pacific University. She is the author of James A. Michener: A Critical Companion (Greenwood, 1996).

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This is an eclectic guide to eight 19th- and 20th-century French novels chosen for being widely considered timeless masterpieces in France and beyond. They include Albert Camus's The Stranger and The Plague, Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Mis?rables, Alexandre Dumas's The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo, and Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry's The Little Prince. To be sure, many authors of the period have been overlooked, but Severson (foreign languages & literatures, Seattle Pacific Univ.) has made convincing choices in consultation with other experts in the field, including librarians and educators. The chapters are organized alphabetically by author, with each chapter discussing a single novel. In each, a biographical and historical introduction is followed by an examination of plot development, characters, themes, and style. Students and general readers seeking a thorough understanding of these influential novels will benefit greatly from this outstanding guide. Highly recommended.-Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

PrefaceAlbert Camus
The Stranger (1942)Albert Camus
The Plague (1947)Alexandre Dumas
The Three Musketeers (1844)Alexandre Dumas
The Count of Monte Cristo (1845)Gustave Flaubert
Madame Bovary (1857)Victor Hugo
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1831)Victor Hugo
Les Miserables (1862)Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Little Prince (1943)