Jules Claretie

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  • Laura Spear (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign )

Georges Decaux once wrote admiringly of “Jules Claretie, qui n’est pas seulement un homme de lettres, mais qu’on pourrait appeler, si la mode était encore aux sous-titres et aux surnoms, […] l’homme de lettres [“Jules Claretie, who is not only a man of letters, but whom one could call, if it were still in fashion to use subtitles and nicknames, […] the man of letters”] (Decaux, 6-7). With such acclamatory statements common during his lifetime, it is surprising that Jules Claretie, prolific writer, journalist, and historian, remains relatively unknown today. Praised by such authors as Georges Sand, Théophile Gautier, and Victor Hugo, Claretie’s remarkable, yet overlooked, œ…

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Spear, Laura. "Jules Claretie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 April 2007
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