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L'Express de Bénarès : à la recherche d'Henry J.-M. Levet : récit

Author: Frédéric Vitoux
Publisher: Paris : Librairie Arthème Fayard, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : FrenchView all editions and formats
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"After returning from a trip to India in 1898, the poet Henry J.-M. Levet told his friends in Montmartre that he was finishing a novel entitled L'Express de Bénarès, whose characters or episodes he mentioned before them - but no one ever knew about it. Did Levet really write it? We'll never know. When he died in 1906, at the age of thirty-two, after a few years as vice-consul in Manila and Las Palmas, his parents  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biografie
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Henry J -M Levet; Henry J -M Levet; Henry Jean-Marie Levet; Henry Jean-Marie Levet
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Frédéric Vitoux
ISBN: 9782213705606 2213705607
OCLC Number: 1019656553
Description: 263 pages : black and white illustrations ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Frédéric Vitoux.
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"After returning from a trip to India in 1898, the poet Henry J.-M. Levet told his friends in Montmartre that he was finishing a novel entitled L'Express de Bénarès, whose characters or episodes he mentioned before them - but no one ever knew about it. Did Levet really write it? We'll never know. When he died in 1906, at the age of thirty-two, after a few years as vice-consul in Manila and Las Palmas, his parents destroyed his letters and manuscripts. Why did Levet, whom I discovered at the age of seventeen, keep me so permanently obsessed? Why this young man, who has been cherished for more than a century by a few hundred readers, from one generation to the next, as if to perpetuate the circle of the lost poet, and which no one would have known without the perseverance of Fargue, his intimate friend and of Larbaud, who after his death undertook to collect and publish his poems, does he belong to my imagination - or better, to my life? Montbrison, together rare testimonies, dive into the exuberant bohemian Montmartre at the turn of the XIX th and XX thFor centuries, to question me about the contrasting personality of this lonely, ungrateful poet, who brightened his friends with his extravagant outfits, was that not a way of getting to know me better? We always come back to it."--Translation of page 4 of cover by Fayard.

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