CLISSON ET EUGéNIE is a romantic novella, written by
* 1 Synopsis * 2 Compilation of Clisson et Eugénie * 3 English translation and republication * 4 References
Clisson, a heroic revolutionary French soldier, but tired of war, meets and falls for Eugénie at a public bath. Retiring from the military, Clisson and Eugénie marry and raise several children within an idyllic countryside retreat, but war returns and Clisson feels compelled to serve his country. Unfortunately, Clisson is injured in battle and Berville, a comrade sent to reassure Eugénie, seduces his wife, who stops sending Clisson letters. Heartbroken at the end of his marriage, Clisson then sends off one final letter to his unfaithful wife and her new lover before deliberately engineering his death at the front of an armed charge toward the enemy.
Some observers have claimed that
COMPILATION OF CLISSON ET EUGéNIE
Peter Hicks (a British historian) and Emilie Barthet compiled the
current reconstructed and composite version of Clisson et Eugénie
from multiple drafts. The manuscript had previously been unpublished,
fragmented and dispersed. One fragment was in the possession of
Étienne Soulange-Bodin , an expert horticulturalist at the Château
de Malmaison , the final home of the
A second fragment resided within the collection of Count Titus Dzialynski, a Polish bibliophile, containing forty pages of folio manuscript in Napoleon's handwriting. It was authenticated by Napoleon's personal staff when he was given the second segment in May 1822. This segment was finally published for the first time in 1920 and several times thereafter.
A third section consisted of four pages, exchanged amongst antiquarians and manuscript collectors within London early last century. British property developer and socialist Howard Samuel purchased the pages for two thousand three hundred pounds in 1955. These pages are now housed in the Karpeles Manuscript Libr