Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb

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Penguin UK, Feb 6, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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The most enjoyable, glamorous and gripping of all 19th-century autobiographies - a tumultuous account of France hit by wave after wave of revolutions

Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb is the greatest and most influential of all French autobiographies - an extraordinary, highly entertaining account of a uniquely adventurous and frenzied life. Chateaubriand gives a superb narrative of the major events of his life - which spanned the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Era and the uneasy period that led up to the Revolution of 1830.

 

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I was expecting to find this book interesting as a historical source, but was surprised to love it as literature. Even in translation two centuries later, Chateaubriand has a felicity with language ... Read full review

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The most enjoyable, glamorous and gripping of all 19th-century autobiographies - a tumultuous account of France hit by wave after wave of revolutions Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb is the greatest and ... Read full review

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Contents

Testamentary Preface
Ancestors
Childhood
Youth
Manhood
Soldier and Courtier
The French Revolution
To America
Napoleon in Russia
The Fall of Napoleon
The Hundred Days
St Helena
PART
THREE
Triumph and Disgrace
Madame Récamier

With the Savages
With the Emigrant Army
Exile in England
Madame de Beaumont
The Execution of the Duc dEnghien
The Death of Lucile
Bonaparte and the Chateaubriands
Rome
The July Revolution
The Plague in Paris
Conclusion
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About the author (2014)

Philip Mansel (Introducer)
Philip Mansel is one of Britain's leading historians of France and the Middle East. His previous books include Louis XVIII (1981), The Eagle in Splendour: Napoleon and his Court (1987), The Court of France: 1789-1830 (1988), Paris Between Empires, 1814-1852 (2001) and Dressed to Rule: Royal and Court Costume from Louis XIV to Elizabeth II (2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Literature, the Institute of Historical Research and the Royal Asiatic Society, and in 1995 was a co-founder of the Society for Court Studies, whose journal, The Court Historian, he edited for twenty years. He is President of the Conseil Scientifique at the Centre de Recherche du Château de Versailles and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2012, he received the London Library Life in Literature Award.

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