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A Week in Literary History

December 23rd, 2002

French critic and historian Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve (Portraits contemporains, 1846) is born in Boulogne, 1804.

Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve, b. December 23, 1804, d. 1869

The greatest of France’s literary critics and historians, whose essays on French and English writers influenced all subsequent generations of readers, Sainte-Beuve made popular the idea that to understand an artist one must understand his biography. Proust and others quarreled with this approach, but Sainte-Beuve’s idea has triumphed over time.

Suggested Reading Port-Royal, 1840-1859. Portraits contemporains, 1846. Les Lundis, 1851-1872. Causeries du lundi, 1851-1862. English Portraits (a selection from Causeries du lundi), 1875.

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