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George Moore’s Paris and his Ongoing French Connections

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Edited By Michel Brunet, Fabienne Gaspari and Mary Pierse

The formative influences of Paris and France on the Anglo-Irish writer George Moore (1852–1933) cannot be underestimated. While the years Moore spent in Paris in the 1870s were seminal for his artistic awakening and development, the associations and friendships he formed in French literary and artistic circles exerted an enduring influence on his creative career. Moore maintained close ties with France throughout his life and his numerous contacts extended to social, musical and cultural spheres. He introduced the Impressionists to a British audience and his importation of French literary innovation into the English novel was remarkable.
Exploring Moore’s early years in Paris and his ongoing engagement with the experimental modernity of his French models, these essays offer new insights into this cosmopolitan writer’s work. Moore emerges as a turn-of-the-century European artist whose eclectic writings reflect the complex evolution of literature from Naturalism to Modernism through Symbolism and Decadence.
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Adrian Frazier - George Moore, Maud Gonne and the Dreyfus Affair

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ADRIAN FRAZIER

George Moore, Maud Gonne and the Dreyfus Affair

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There are several difficulties with the topic of this paper (difficulties for its author). One of the anti-Dreyfusards with which the paper must deal has a large part in the Dreyfus affair, and an even larger part in Maud Gonne’s life, but no real part at all in the story of George Moore. He is Lucien Millevoye – a deputy in the French parliament, the editor of La Patrie, and a ringleader of the anti-Semite Nationalists. Extremely tall, moustachioed, with the tips evidently waxed, he was the father of Maud Gonne’s first two children. Millevoye is such a bizarre, detestable, larger-than-life human monster that he is difficult to sketch quickly.

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