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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 Last Years (1880–92)

The Last Years (1880–92)

(p.321) 14 The Last Years (1880–92)
The Life and Travels of Xavier Marmier (1808-1892)

Wendy S. Mercer

British Academy

Marmier was now over 70 years old, and the coming decade saw him limiting his activities to the Parisian sphere. He had naturally experienced a decline in his physical vigour, although his mind remained active and his general state of health permitted him to pursue many of his former interests. Marmier maintained a steady flow of publications and settled into a new routine centred principally on his sessions at the Bibliothèque Sainte–Geneviève on Saturdays, and his Thursday meetings at the Académie française, which he attended assiduously right up to the end of his life. He died on 11 October 1892. Almost all the obituaries mentioned his travels, his role in introducing foreign literature to France, his membership of the Académie française, and his personal qualities.

Keywords:   Marmier, Bibliothèque Sainte–Geneviè, Académie française, France, foreign literature

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