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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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Formative Years in the Franche-Comté (1808–31)

Formative Years in the Franche-Comté (1808–31)

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The Life and Travels of Xavier Marmier (1808-1892)

Wendy S. Mercer

British Academy

If the death of Jean–Marie Xavier Marmier in 1892 made headline news in the national press, the date and place of his birth were certainly not common knowledge, and have given rise to biographical errors. The second of six children, he was born to parents descended from long-established Franche-Comté families with strong Catholic and royalist sympathies. The Marmier family was one of the oldest families of Frasne (Haut–Doubs). On a more general level, a number of his reminiscences of Franche-Comté life in the early decades of the century help people to understand the unusual way in which he was later able to form relationships built on respect with others from all social classes.

Keywords:   Marmier, Frasne, Franche-Comté, social classes

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