Prosper Mérimée | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 20 pages of analysis & critique of Prosper Mérimée.
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SOURCE: "Historical Novelist," in Prosper Mérimée, Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1970, pp. 84-97.

In the following essay, Raitt studies the technique of Mérimeé's Chronique du règne de Charles IX and evaluates his work as a historical novelist.

. . . remarquons seulement à quelles absurdes et dégoûtantes exagérations s'abaissent les hommes dans leurs querelles religieuses.

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La Jaquerie (the usual spelling is Jacquerie, but Mérimée's version is an uncommon alternative rather than a mistake by Balzac's type-setter) has not found much favour with critics. Even the author's friends were lukewarm: Stendhal regarded it as a falling-off from Le Théâtre de Clara Gazul, and Mary Shelley complained that 'we feel the want of one prominent character to concentrate the interest'.1 Lack of plot and unity, dispersal of interest, characters who are little better than types, excess of melodramatic devices, crudeness...

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