François-René, Vicomte de Chateaubriand, Mémoires d'outre-tombe [Memoirs from Beyond the Grave]

Ian Morrison (Independent Scholar - Europe)
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Mémoires d’outre-tombe

[Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb]*, sometimes said to be his best work, are a miscellany of memoirs and other material in 42 Books totalling over 2,400 pages in one modern edition. Though dauntingly complex at first sight, the text is in practice simpler than it appears. Chateaubriand composed and revised it intermittently from an uncertain date (1809?) until final revision in 1846. Composition and revisions were interspersed with pauses, often for travel, other writing, or politics. By 1817, he had completed three Books

on his origins and youth. Initially united under the title

Mémoires de ma vie

[Memoirs of my Life], they were later recast as the first three Books of the

Mémoires d’outre-tombe,

and here we consider them only in this latter…

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Citation: Morrison, Ian. "Mémoires d'outre-tombe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 June 2024 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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