The Journal of Jules Renard

ISBN:
9781941040812
Pub Date:
11/14/2017
List Price:
$16.95
Page Count:
264
ISBN:
978-1-941040-82-9
List Price:
$16.95
Page Count:
264

Translated from the French and edited by Louise Bogan and Elizabeth Roget

From 1887 to a month before his death in 1910, French author and playwright Jules Renard composed an autobiographical masterpiece.  Celebrated abroad and cited as a principal influence by writers as various as Somerset Maugham, Susan Sontag, and Donald Barthelme, The Journal of Jules Renard has developed a cultish following.  Over the course of decades, Renard develops not only his career and artistic convictions but also his humanity. He reflects on art and literature–and their accompanying social scenes–and moments from his personal life that he so often mined in his work (his love interests, his position as a socialist mayor of Chitry, the suicide of his father).  A mix of aphorizms, observations, short scenes, gossip, jokes, and meditations, The Journal of Jules Renard anticipated the lyric essays and memoir of the twenty-first century, but it’s a unique work all its own.

Praise

  • “Directly or indirectly, Renard is at the origin of contemporary literature.”

    —Jean-Paul Sartre

  • “Jules Renard’s endlessly amusing journals are available again, and whether read straight through or dipped into at random, they’re a marvel to behold. . . . readers of this work are certainly encouraged to laugh throughout at his singularly savage wit.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • The irresistibly quotable The Journal of Jules Renard, a record of Renard’s development as a writer in fin de siecle France, demonstrates his gift for quips, aphorisms, and striking observations.”

    Bookforum

  • “Poetic, amusing, instructive, melancholic—Renard’s writing should find its way to the shelves of writers and lovers of fine writing. How ideal to have sentences like this at hand: ‘In the path, the caterpillar plays a soundless little tune on its accordion.'”

    Shelf Awareness