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The life of a simple man

Author: Émile Guillaumin; Eugen Weber
Publisher: Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England, 1983, ©1982.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In order to 'show the gents of Moulins, of Paris and elsewhere, just what a sharecropper's life is like,' Emile Guillaumin, under the guise of fiction, wrote this story of 'Tiennon,' a French peasant born fifty years before him in 1823. A peasant himself, Guillaumin was unique in that, after a few years of schooling, he continued to work his small farm in central France to the end of his life, reserving nights for  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Named Person: Eugen Weber; Émile Guillaumin; Eugen Weber
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Émile Guillaumin; Eugen Weber
ISBN: 0874512476 9780874512472 0874512468 9780874512465
OCLC Number: 8846159
Notes: Translation of: La vie d'un simple.
Description: xxxv, 195 pages ; 22 cm
Other Titles: Vie d'un simple.
Responsibility: Emile Guillaumin ; edited and introduced by Eugen Weber ; revised translation by Margaret Crosland.

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A classic in France, this moving first-person story can be read as a fictional account, as well as the best kind of material for historians of 19th-century French peasant life.  Read more...

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