Press Release: Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb
Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb
François-René de Chateaubriand
Translated by R. Baldick
Introduced by Philip Mansel
‘I will be Chateaubriand or nothing’
Memoirs from Beyond the Tomb is an extraordinary account of a uniquely adventurous and frenzied life, described by historian Philip Mansel in his introduction as ‘a masterpiece’. Bristling with exotic adventures, heroic battles and ‘the loneliness of a restless soul’, it conveys not just the character of the man but the character of an age.
Soldier, writer, politician, traveller, diplomat and the founder of French Romanticism – by the time François-René de Chateaubriand came to write his memoirs he had lived enough to fill the biographies of ten men. During his turbulent life he fled the horrors of the Revolution, became a favourite of Napoleon and then a sworn enemy, travelled widely and returned to France as an ambassador, only to fall out with the new king and spend the last 15 years of his life as a recluse in Paris.
Chateaubriand requested that his memoirs remain unpublished until after his death lest he be forced to be ‘less frank and truthful’. The result is a hugely entertaining autobiography, providing a vivid picture of France during the most tumultuous period of her history. He has become the most celebrated author of the First Empire, and his influence on French literature, especially on Lamartine and Victor Hugo, is incalculable.
This edition from The Folio Society, features 12 pages of freshly researched colour plates and a frontispiece, as well as 8 integrated pencil sketches, sourced from the Louvre, depicting the life of the author, and endpapers printed with Chateaubriand’s own handwritten manuscript.
Bound in blocked cloth. Set in Van Dijck. 416 pages. Frontispiece and 12 pages of colour
plates. 8 black & white integrated illustrations. 10″ x 6¼”. Printed endpapers.
UK £38.95 US $64.95 Can $79.95 Aus $79.95
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