Notes and Remembrances, 1871-1872

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University of Delaware Press, 2009 - History - 141 pages
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Ludovic Halevy's notes recorded his observations of the terrible civil war in France in 1871, and the violent destruction of the Commune of Paris by the armed forces of the National Assembly based temporarily in Versailles. In his day, Halevy was known primarily as a novelist and a librettist, especially for the popular works by Offenbach and Bizet. It may be that the vivid aspects of the savage fighting, of the fires set deliberately by the radicals of Paris, and the harsh legal reprisals in the aftermath, were portrayed more effectively by a man of the theater than they were by conventional historians. That dramatic character makes the book attractive to the general reader of history and provides the student of history a rare inside story.

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Ludovic Halevy (1834 - 1908). Fue un autor dramatico, libretista de operetas y opera, y novelista frances. Colabora en la composicion de numerosos libretos de operetas con Leon Battum, Hector Cremieux y, especialmente, con Henri Meilhac (1831-1897) con el que escribe las mas celebres operetas de Jacques Offenbach y el libreto de Carmen de Georges Bizet (1875). Ambos, Henri Meilhac y Ludovic Halevy, escriben, asimismo, vodeviles y comedias. De esta colaboracion, que duro mas de veinte anos, es dificil determinar cual de los dos tuvo mas relevancia en la composicion de todas estas obras. El exito le abrio las puertas de la Academia francesa ocupando, el 4 de diciembre de 1884, el sillon 22, sucediendo a Joseph Othenin d'Haussonville.

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