Thais (Paperback)

Author: France, Anatole

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1909. Illustrations and Decorations by Frank C. Pape. Anatole France is the pen name of Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault, French novelist, poet, critic and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1921. The elegance and subtle irony of France''s style are displayed in Thais, a story about religious follies in the early days of Christendom. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.


Publisher Book Jungle
Mfg Part# 9781604249866
SKU 206916915
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1604249862
Release Date 2/12/2008
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 7.75L x 0.5T
Author Info
Anatole France
Anatole France was the son of a bookseller, which may explain his precocious love for books and letters. While he did not excel at school, he did find work at "Le Parnasse Contemporain", a Parisian literary magazine, which also published his poetry. After university, he also worked as a publisher's reader, then in a library. In 1877, he married Val?rie Gu?rin de Sauville, and two years later his first collection of stories was published. His marriage ended in divorce in 1893, and France was elected to the Acad?mie Fran?aise in 1896. In the late 1800s, he grew quite well known as a critic, and in the 1880s he began writing novels and stories. In 1920, he married his housekeeper, Emma Lepr?votte; he died three years later at his home near Tours at the age of 80. In the 1920s, because of his skepticism and his Communist leanings, France's writings were put on the Index of Forbidden Books of the Roman Catholic Church. Elected to the Acad?mie Fran?aise, France was also a Nobel laureate; but his reputation suffered a decline after his death in 1924 with the advent of symbolism, surrealism, and radicalism.
"For a reader willing to take a turn around the spheres merely for enjoyment and intellectual exercise, a reader enamored of literary grace, glad of an occasional side-light upon life, and of the companionship of a mind of much fineness and individuality, 'Thais' may prove a draught of pleasure with a delicate aroma of philosophy."
"The contrast between the end of Paganism and the beginning of Christianity, between the sceptical and brilliant world of Alexandria and the savage life of the Anchorites, is drawn with consummate art. It is a thoughtful story, exquisitely told, containing some of M. France's most brilliant pages and some of his finest touches of irony."
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Annotation A novel concerning fate, religion, and sensuality, set in Alexandria. Thais is a courtesan, enamored of Paphnuce, a hermit monk who is trying to convert her. Paphnuce is subconsciously obsessed with Thais. While Paphnuce successfully converts Thais and she becomes a female monk, he himself comes to realize his sensual love for her as a positive force.
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