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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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A Decade of Tumult (1870–9)

A Decade of Tumult (1870–9)

(p.287) 13 A Decade of Tumult (1870–9)
The Life and Travels of Xavier Marmier (1808-1892)

Wendy S. Mercer

British Academy

The year 1870 proved momentous both in terms of French life and history and for Marmier personally. His joy at being elected to the Académie française was set against the grim backdrop of the Franco–Prussian War, the Siege of Paris, and the bloodbaths at the end of the Commune. Marmier suffered from pneumonia, which kept him in bed for two months. On 19 May, he was elected to fill the seat vacated by Pongerville in the Academy.

Keywords:   Marmier, French life, Siege of Paris, Commune, Franco-Prussian War, Académie française

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