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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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Germany (1832–5): ‘la rêveuse, la poétique, la mélancolique Allemagne’1

Germany (1832–5): ‘la rêveuse, la poétique, la mélancolique Allemagne’1

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

Wendy S. Mercer

British Academy

Marmier spent some two years in the German-speaking world, with Leipzig as his base, returning only briefly to France in the intervening period. Immersing himself in the language and culture of these countries, Marmier met a number of the great literary figures of the day including Tieck, Schwab, Uhland, the brothers Grimm, Chamisso, Holtei, and many others. The publications resulting from his work here established his reputation as an exceptional linguist, travel writer, literary critic, and translator. However, it was Marmier's work on Goethe which really sealed his reputation as a literary critic in France. In retrospect, this chapter argues that he must be viewed as the most influential figure in Franco-German literary relations of the era.

Keywords:   Germany, Leipzig, Marmier, travel writer, France, Franco-German literary, Goethe

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