François Mauriac, Thérèse Desqueyroux

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François Mauriac’s

Thérèse Desqueyroux

was published in 1927 at a time when the author was undergoing a religious crisis the details and resolution of which he deals with in

Souffrances et bonheur du chrétien

[Sufferings and happiness of the Christian] published in 1931. It is one of a number of novels he wrote between 1922 and 1932 portraying a negative image of the bourgeois family in his native Bordeaux region. For the bourgeois family portrayed by Mauriac, property and wealth are dominant preoccupations. Behaviour is marked by conformity to conventions and maintenance of appearances. The practice of religion is also primarily an adherence to external practice and convention. Religious practice also shows the influence of Jansenism, the seventeenth-century heresy with its…

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Citation: O'Dwyer, Michael. "Thérèse Desqueyroux". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 June 2021 [, accessed 23 February 2024.]

24189 Thérèse Desqueyroux 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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