The Life of Celine: A Critical Biography
January 1991, Wiley-Blackwell
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'.
10. Phoney War.
11. The Occupation.
- 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.
"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