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Talleyrand : the art of survival

Author: Jean Orieux; Patricia Wolf
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1974.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Some lives are shaped in childhood, others in the course of time; still others must reach the threshold of advanced age before their purpose is clear. But not the life of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, born on February 2, 1754, whose family bore an illustrious name and had held a pre-eminent rank in society since the ninth century. At birth, his life pattern was set: opulence and renown, coupled with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, prince de Bénévent; Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, prince de Bénévent
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Orieux; Patricia Wolf
ISBN: 0394472993 9780394472997
OCLC Number: 650665
Description: xii, 677, xxiii pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part one : 1754-1796 --
Part two : 1796-1815 --
Part three : 1815-1838.
Other Titles: Talleyrand.
Responsibility: Jean Orieux ; translated from the French by Patricia Wolf.

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Some lives are shaped in childhood, others in the course of time; still others must reach the threshold of advanced age before their purpose is clear. But not the life of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, born on February 2, 1754, whose family bore an illustrious name and had held a pre-eminent rank in society since the ninth century. At birth, his life pattern was set: opulence and renown, coupled with spiritual privation. He limped from the start, yet he was destined to go far. - p. 3.

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