A history of the French academy, 16354-1910: with an outline sketch of the Institute of France, showing its relation to its constituent academies

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G. W. Dillingham company, 1910 - 379 pages
 

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Page 20 - as follows: LOUIS, by the grace of God, King of France and Navarre, to all present and to come, GREETING. As soon as God had called Us to the conduct of this State, it was our aim not only to remedy the disorders which the civil wars, by which it
Page 37 - Qu'on parle mal ou bien du fameux cardinal, Ma prose ni mes vers n'en diront jamais rien: II m'a fait trop de bien pour en dire du mal, II m'a fait trop de mal pour en dire du bien.*
Page 227 - The certainty and stability which, contrary to all experience, Swift thinks attainable, he proposes to secure by instituting an academy; the decrees of which every man would have been willing, and many would have been proud to disobey, and which, being renewed by successive elections, would in a short time have differed from itself.
Page 35 - et la véhémence de ses passions, la force et la délicatesse de plusieurs de ses pensées, et cet agrément inexplicable qui se mêle dans tous ses défauts lui ont acquis un rang considérable entre les poèmes Français de ce genre qui ont le plus donné
Page 194 - an academy quite like the French Academy, a sovereign organ of the highest literary opinion, a recognized authority in matters of intellectual tone and taste, we shall hardly have, and perhaps we ought not to wish to have it.
Page 35 - satisfaction. Si l'auteur ne doit pas toute sa réputation à son mérite, il ne la doit pas toute à son bonheur, et la nature lui a été assez libérale pour excuser la fortune si elle
Page 35 - The Academy, justly, in my opinion, blame Corneille for making Chimène consent to marry Rodrigue the same day that he had killed her father. *Cela surpasse toute sorte de créance, et ne peut vraisemblablement tomber dans l'âme non seulement d'une sage fille, mais d'une qui seroit le plus dépouillée d'honneur et d'humanité, &c. p.
Page 31 - Mais je sais bien par les registres de l'Académie, qui sont fort fidèles et fort exacts en ce temps-là, qu'on ne commença d'y parler du Cid, que le 16 juin 1637; que ce fut après qu'on y eut lu une lettre de M. Corneille; que cette première dont je vous ai parlé, et où il
Page 20 - As soon as God had called Us to the conduct of this State, it was our aim not only to remedy the disorders which the civil wars, by which it has so long been afflicted, had introduced, but also to enrich it with all the adornments befitting the most
Page 35 - the style, seem for the most part very just, and such as later critics have generally adopted; so that we can really see little ground for the allegation of undue compliance with the Cardinal's prejudices, except in the frigid tone of their praise, and in their omission to proclaim that a great dramatic genius had arisen in France.

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