Zola Before the Rougon-Macquart
From this study, which inevitable involves comparisons between the early and later works, emerges a new view of Zola's art, of his sources, of his style, his character portrayal, and his use of myth, his descriptive technique, his handling of structure, point of view, and other matters of first importance in any study of a novelist.
In describing Zola's development as a novelist Professor Lapp succeeds, too, in showing that at the roots of Zola's naturalism lay an attitude to life which developed very early and which found its finest expression in a peculiarc conjunction of the mytho-poetic tradition and his own "bursting out upon" the world.
- Series: Heritage
- World Rights
- Page Count: 186 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
Voici un livre qui a les plus grands mérites. Le titre modeste cache en fait un véritable essai d’esthétique racinienne…. Ce n’est point Racine poète qui doit nous retenir, mais Racine auteur tragique. Le point départ est excellent. Le développement ne l’est pas moins. Tout l’étude sera consacrée à la nature tragique des aspects qu’offre le théâtre racinien. M. Lapp s’appuie sur une lecture attentive et fervente de l’écrivain. Il utilise les travaux de ses prédécesseurs, avec discrétion et avec esprit critique : toujours il confronte leurs observations avec son expérience personnelle. Sa synthèse, bien qu’elle comporte des trouvailles étrangères, les assimile parfaitement et forme un ensemble homogène et nouveau.
Les Lettres Romanes
Professor Lapp’s study is one of the best that has been devoted to Racine anywhere at any time…. The book is so full of original—and sometimes audacious—apercus, that it is difficult in a brief review to give an adequate idea of its contents. The part from which the most solid profits can be drawn is, in my judgement, the central core devoted to an examination of the way in which Racine adapted the famous "conventions" of neo-classic theory to his own purposes and thereby established a new kind of tragedy. This is brilliantly done and puts every study of Racine in debt to Mr. Lap….All lovers of Racine should be grateful to Professor Lapp for revealing to them with his percipient eye, his scholarly knowledge and his sensitive taste beauties which repeated readings of Racine had not vouchsafed to them.
JOHN C. LAPP holds degrees from Queen's University and from Cornell Unviersity. He has taught French in a number of American colleges and unviersities, including Oberlin College and the University of California at Los Angeles. Since 1963 he has been Executive Head of the Department of French and Italian at Standford University. His most recent book was Aspects of Racinian Tragedy.
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