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Title: An agent in Anglo-French relationships : Pierre des Maizeaux, 1673-1745
Author: Broome, J. H.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 1949
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PIERRE DES MIAIZEAUX is so far from being one of the world's great writers that an Introduction to an account of his life end work must inevitably deal first with the question of who he is end why he Is worth attention. He wrote scarcely anything original and Is known only to the columns of biographical dictionaries - the last refuge of mediocrity - for the sake of a few rather dull biographies and some editorial work. Although he spent his life In the humble service of literature, both French and English, he may be thought fortunate if his name occurs In a modest footnote In any standard history of literature. It does so once, for example, in that of Lanson, and from every point of view, that is a most appropriate resting-place for his name, for he was himself a great man for footnotes. This general question why Des Maizeaux ? Is perhaps best answered by tracing the development of the present writer's own interest In him. It is bound up with the topic of the ear1y stages of the English influence In eighteenth-century French literature, a well-trampled field of enquiry which has long been a favourite hunting-ground of literary historians, especially since a few cracks began to appear in that particular facade of the Voltaire tradition
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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