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Le Roux, Hugues (1860-1925) ; (Edith Cornell Smith, Translator)
Oh My Past...Memoirs of a Child [Unknown Manuscript Translation of the Autobiography of French writer Hughes Robert Charles Henri Le Roux]
[Likely New York. After 1896]. [526]ff., i.e. [526]pp. Unbound manuscript. 81⁄2 x 7 x 31⁄2 inches. Includes a 2pp. manuscript commentary of the translation. Toning; staining and soiling; some losses to first and final leaves; very good. Archival box. Hughes Robert Charles Henri Le Roux (1860-1925) was a French writer of travel literature and French colonies, a journalist, and an intimate of official French circles. How did he come to mingle with Gertrude Stein and other American expatriates in 1914 in the Paris Left Bank? A clue may be in the survival of this manuscript. Le Roux came to America from France in February 1902 to deliver a series of eight lectures on "The French Novel and French Society" to the Cercle Français at Harvard University. He delivered almost 100 other lectures throughout the United States including other Ivy League schools. In France, Le Roux knew the novelist Gustave Flaubert, a family friend. He was novelist Alphonse Daudet's secretary. Le Roux's Oh My Past...Memoirs of a Child, is an English-language translation of O Mon Passé, his memoir of his childhood in Normandy, first published in Paris in 1896. Its translator, Edith Cornell Smith, was married to a Harvard graduate. She may have become aware of Le Roux through his public lectures, subsequently his writings, and then decided then to translate his memoir. Other reasons, based upon social class and circles may have been at work. Edith Cornell Smith (1850-1932) was the daughter of George J. Cornell. In 1886, she married Sandford Sidney Smith. Mr. Smith was a Harvard graduate and a … [Click Below for Full Description]
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