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Essays by Alan Raitt

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Edited By Francesco Manzini

This selection of essays by Alan Raitt provides a series of cross-readings of nineteenth-century French literary authors and texts. The collection revolves around Flaubert and Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, the two authors with whom Raitt is most associated, situating them and their principal works in relation to each other, as well as to Balzac, Nerval, Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Huysmans. In so doing, the collection shows the extent to which nineteenth-century French literary history appears both as a succession and as a simultaneity of literary styles and credos.
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Acknowledgements

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I should like to record my special thanks to Mrs Lia Correia Raitt for so kindly thinking of me to take on this project in the first place and for her warmth, support and friendship ever since; to André Lorant for first suggesting the project; to Patrick McGuinness, Hannah Godfrey and Alessandra Anzani at Peter Lang; to Marta Giné Janer for securing one of the copyright permissions; and to Simon Baker at the University of Exeter Press and Llewellyn Brown at Lettre modernes Minard, now part of Classiques Garnier, for their particular helpfulness in replies to my various queries. I should like also to acknowledge the generosity of the following publications and presses for giving me their permission to reproduce the articles collected in this book:

L’Année balzacienne for granting permission to reproduce: Alan Raitt, ‘Le Balzac de Flaubert’, L’Année balzacienne (1991), 335–61.

The Modern Language Review for granting permission to reproduce: Alan Raitt, ‘Time and Instability in Nerval’s Sylvie’, Modern Language Review, 83/4 (October 1988), 843–51.

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