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The Life of Celine: A Critical Biography

ISBN: 978-0-631-17615-2
388 pages
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
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This invaluable book not only assesses the life and work of one of Europe's most important and innovative writers, it also casts revealing light on crucial areas of French cultural, social, and political history.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.


1. A Parisian Childhood.

2. National Service: The Army and the Colonies.

3. The Student of Medicine.

4. The League of Nations.

5. Clichy and Montmartre.

6. Voyage au bout de la nuit.

7. The 'House of Literature'.

8. 1936.

9. Anti-Semitism.

10. Phoney War.

11. The Occupation.

12. Exile.

13. Meudon.





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Author Information

Nicholas Hewitt is Professor of French at the University of Nottingham, and has taught previously at the universities of Hull, Southampton and Warwick. He has written widely on French literary and cultural history from the end of the First World War to the 1960s, including studies on Troyat, French interwar "malaise", Céline, and the postwar French literary Right.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Situates Céline in social, historical, intellectual and artistic contexts.

  • Attempts to reconcile the apparently contradictory implications of Céline's role as a leading European Modernist writer and as a prominent French anti-Semite.

  • Stresses the importance of place and geographical space in Céline's life and work.
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"Throughout his excellent, comprehensively documented critical biography, the best yet available in English, Hewitt contextualises his subject expertly." Times Higher Education Supplement

"Taking advantage of recent biographies written in French and of newly available materials, Hewitt skilfully uses - and, at time, abuses - the available sources. At its best, Hewitt's clear and understandable prose takes the reader inside Céline's novel. He points out what to look for, explains what is important, and makes interesting connections." Choice

"Very elegantly written book, which is also an intriguing presentation of French social and political life in the closing years of the nineteenth century and the first two-thirds of the twentieth." MLR

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