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Napoleon the Novelist (Hardcover): Andy Martin

Napoleon the Novelist (Hardcover)

Andy Martin

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This brilliantly original study uncovers a side to Napoleon Bonaparte which has hitherto been ignored by biographers - that of the aspiring novelist and man of letters. In this illuminating, witty and elegantly written book, Andy Martin reveals how this neglected aspect of Napoleon's remarkable life actually provides the key to understanding it.

The French Revolution, Austerlitz and Waterloo all came second in Napoleon's life to a "Discourse on Happiness," a "Dialogue on Love" and repeated attempts at a novel. Napoleon began as a would-be Rousseau and ended up on Saint Helena dictating his own confessions. The colossal rise and catastrophic fall of his empire are, Martin argues, anticipated in the obsessive and tragicomic pages of his voluminous writings.

Napoleon emerges as an idealist, romantic, visionary, critic, a thinker with an epic imagination and an underdeveloped sense of reality, pushing his 'portable library' across Europe, Asia and the Orient, and always wrestling with the intricacies of language and literature. And, although Napoleon was denounced as a failure in an essay competition, Martin shows that he did indeed succeed in imposing himself as the archetype and inspiration of modern European culture.

This provocative book will appeal to a wide general readership. It will also be of interest to students of literature, modern languages and European history.

General

Imprint: Polity Press
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2000
First published: 2001
Authors: Andy Martin
Dimensions: 230 x 158 x 21mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 978-0-7456-2535-5
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography
Books > Humanities > History
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies
Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Historical, political & military
Books > Humanities > History > World history
Books > Humanities > History > European history
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > 19th century
Books > Humanities > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > European history > General
Books > History > European history
Books > History > European history > General
Books > History > World history
Books > History > World history > 1750 to 1900
Books > Biography > Historical, political & military
LSN: 0-7456-2535-5
Barcode: 9780745625355

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