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The Life and Travels of Xavier Marmier (1808-1892)Bringing World Literature to France$
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Wendy S Mercer

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263884

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263884.001.0001

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The Transitional Years (1851–69)

The Transitional Years (1851–69)

(p.245) 12 The Transitional Years (1851–69)
The Life and Travels of Xavier Marmier (1808-1892)

Wendy S. Mercer

British Academy

If the years 1849–50 brought a degree of disappointment in the Americas in the wake of the French revolution of 1848, they also brought a new love into Marmier's life. The first section of this chapter describes his journey from Paris to the Balkans, along with romantic encounters with Mme Panckoucke and Louise-Adelaïde Amélie Viéz-Lefebvre-Gineau (Ebba). Marmier completed his narrative with surveys of the topography, administration, judiciary, statistics, and ethnography of the Balkans, and with a description of the life and customs of the country, including sections on marriage, the position of women, and an analysis of the total annual transactions made by Montenegrins at the Cattaro market. The second section describes his journey to the Baltic. The last section cites Marmier's contributions as a novelist.

Keywords:   Mme Panckoucke, Marmier, Baltic, Balkans, Paris, Montenegrins, Ebba

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