By PAUL BOURGET
With a Preface by JULES LEMAITRE, of the French academy,
Born in Amiens,
September 2, 1852, Paul Bourget was a pupil at the Lycee Louis le Grand, and
then followed a course at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, intending to devote
himself to Greek philology. He, however, soon gave up linguistics for
poetry, literary criticism, and fiction. When yet a very young man, he
became a contributor to various journals and reviews, among others to the
'Revue des deux Mondes, La Renaissance, Le Parlement, La Nouvelle Revue', etc.
He has since given himself up almost exclusively to novels and fiction, but it
is necessary to mention here that he also wrote poetry. His poetical
works comprise: 'Poesies (1872-876), La Vie Inquiete (1875), Edel (1878),
and Les Aveux (1882)'.
With riper mind and to far better advantage, he appeared a few years later
in literary essays on the writers