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The Library of the late Hugh Selbourne, M. Champs, t. First I wanted to establish the facts of the three week visit, and the part played by Henry James and others on this side of the Channel, and secondly, to begin to reassess the relationship of Daudet and James with a view to seeing what reciprocal influence there may have been between the two.
The sources used are outlined at the end of the article and in the endnotes. The various accounts of this visit cast interesting light on Franco-British literary relations of a century ago.
While later critics were to revise this high opinion, Daudet has always been read in Britain. For more than half-a-century and more, nobody could learn French without knowing Daudet or, more specifically, the Daudet of Tartarin, Le Petit Chose and his more popular contes.
La raison en est bien simple. Mes contes sont chastes.
Les jeunes filles peuvent les lire. The reason is quite simple.
This is a rare book that I've had for decades and is complete with all pages, 2 illustrations, front and back hard board covers see all pictures. Connections Add photo. A lovely copy of this book with great illustrations. It is the novel that first made Daudet famous, or as he put it, "the dawn of his popularity. Main Photo.
My short stories are chaste. Young girls can read them.
As someone whose not inconsiderable wealth and social status depended entirely on his literary sales, Daudet would not have been indifferent to the probable effect on sales generated by publicity surrounding his visit. What seems clear, however, is that the controversy did not endear Daudet to England or the English in general.
It was indeed to a great extent because of these friendships, especially that of James, that Daudet was able plan a visit to England. Other motives were the desire to meet the novelist George Meredith and, perhaps more importantly, the African explorer Stanley sent to darkest Africa by the New York Herald to find Dr Livingstone , whose books he had read with particular pleasure. Daudet told the Times16 that other reasons for his visit were that he was looking for some new impressions for his next novel Soutien de famille — where the plot requires one of the characters to leave France to work in England and also that he wanted to see the Scottish lochs.
To get the visit to London organised, Daudet wrote to his friend James, that most celebrated of American ex-patriates, who had spent most of his time in Europe since , and had lived in London since Edel, He felt he owed Daudet a favour; he professed great admiration for Daudet, both the man and the writer, at least in public. In , he had consolidated his links with James by handing over the proofs of his pot-boiler novel Port-Tarascon, to enable James to produce an English translation of it.
What then was the influence of Daudet on James, if any? He did discover from his French hosts, however, the art of conversation, at which Daudet was an acknowledged master Edel, He was warmly received by Daudet on a return visit to Paris in for a month, and again in six weeks and five weeks or so.
They do the only kind of work today that I respect.
Lucien Daudet p. They arrived at Victoria station at 8.
Alphonse especially was insatiable for more, despite his relative infirmity — he had been suffering from the debilitating locomotor ataxia, a symptom of the venereal disease contracted as a young man and which often confined him to a wheel-chair and was to kill him in December They did the parks, the shops, the museums, took tea with the Dean of Westminster Abbey, visited Windsor and Oxford. Another of his keenest memories was his visit to the novelist George Meredith, also suffering from progressive paralysis, at Box-Hill, Dorking Surrey.
When the English novelist came up to London to see the Daudets off at Victoria station, shaking hands through the railway carriage window, their arthritic fingers refused at first to release their grip and Meredith had to be held back bodily as the train pulled away from the platform!
What better recommendation could there be for a trip across the channel!