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36 Works of Anatole France

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The Procurator of Judea

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Translated by Frederic Chapman L. AELIUS LAMIA, born in Italy of illustrious parents, had not yet discarded the toga proetexta when he set out for the schools of Athens to study philosophy. Subsequently he took up his residence at Rome, and in his house on the Esquiline, amid a circle of youthful wastrels, abandoned himself […]

Marguerite

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Marguerite 1921 Author: Anatole France Translator: J. Lewis May PREFATORY LETTER Publish Marguerite, dear Monsieur Andre Coq, if you so desire, but pray relieve me from all responsibility in the matter. It would argue too much literary conceit on my part were I anxious to restore it to the light of day. It would argue, […]

Child Life In Town And Country 1909 Author: Anatole France Translator: Alfred Allinson FANCHON I FANCHON went early one morning, like Little Red Riding-Hood, to see her grandmother, who lives right at the other end of the village. But Fanchon did not stop like little Red Riding-Hood, to gather nuts in the wood. She went […]

Putois

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Putois 1907 By Anatole France Translated by William Patten. Dedicated to Georges Brandes I This garden of our childhood, said Monsieur Bergeret, this garden that one could pace off in twenty steps, was for us a whole world, full of smiles and surprises. “Lucien, do you recall Putois?” asked Zoe, smiling as usual, the lips […]

The Miracle Of The Great St. Nicolas 1920 Author: Anatole France Translator: D. B. Stewart ST. NICOLAS, Bishop of Myra in Lycia, lived in the time of Constantine the Great. The most ancient and weighty of those authors who have mentioned him celebrate his virtues, his labours, and his worth: they give abundant proofs of […]

The Story Of The Duchess Of Cicogne And Of Monsieur De Boulingrin 1920 Author: Anatole France Translator: D. B. Stewart CHAPTER I THE story of the Sleeping Beauty is well known; we have excellent accounts of it, both in prose and in verse. I shall not undertake to relate-it again; but, having become acquainted with […]

San Satiro

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO ALPHONSE DAUDET Consors paterni luminis, Lux ipse lucis et dies, Noctem canendo rumpimus; Assiste postulantibus. Aufer tenebras mentium; Fuga catervas dæmonum; Expelle somnolentiam, Ne pigritantes obruat.[1] (Breviarium Romanum Third day of the week: at matins.) [Footnote 1: “Partner of the Father’s light, light of light and day of day, we break […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) Τὰ γὰρ φυσικὰ, καὶ τὰ ἠθικὰ ἀλλὰ καὶ τὰ μαθηματικὰ, καὶ τοὺς ἐγκυκλίους λόγους, καὶ περὶ τεχνῶν, πᾶσαν εἶχεν ἐμπειρίαν.–Diogenes Laërtius, IX, 37.[1] [Footnote 1: “For of physical and ethical science, no less than of mathematics and the common round of learning, as well as concerning arts, he possessed full knowledge and […]

Lucifer

Story type: Literature

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO LOUIS GANDERAX E si compiacque tanto Spinello di farlo orribile e contrafatto, che si dice (tanto può alcuna fiata l’immaginazione) che la detta figura da lui dipinta gli apparve in sogno, domandandolo dove egli l’ avesse veduta si brutta.[1] (Vite de’ piu eccellenti pittori, da Messer Giorgio Vasari.–“Vita di Spinello.”) [Footnote […]

Messer Guido Cavalcanti

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO JULES LEMAÎTRE Guido, di Messer Cavalcante de’ Cavalcanti, fu un de’ migliori loici che avesse il mondo, et ottimo filosofo naturale…. E perciò che egli alquanto tenea della opinione degli Epicuri, si diceva tra la gente volgare che queste sue speculazioni eran solo in cercare se trovar si potesse che Iddio […]

The Lady Of Verona

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO HUGUES REBELL “Puella autem moriens dixit: ‘Satanas, trado tibi corpus meum cum anima mea.’” (Quadragesimale opus declamatum Parisiis in ecclesia Sti. Johannis in Gravia per venerabilem patrem Sacrae scripturae interpretem eximium Ol. Maillardum, 1511.)[1] [Footnote 1: “But the dying girl said, ‘Satan, I give over my body to you along with […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO EUG�NE M�NTZ Buonamico di Cristofano detto Buffalmacco pittore Fiorentino, il qual fu discepolo d’ Andrea Tafi, e come uomo burlevole celebrato da Messer Giovanni Boccaccio nel suo Decamerone, fu come si sa carissimo compagno di Bruno e di Calendrino pittori ancor essi faceti e piacevole, e, come si può vedere nell’ […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO MADEMOISELLE MARY FINALY Tu tibi divitias stolidissime congeris amplas, Negasque micam pauperi; Advenit ecce dies qua saevis ignibus ardens Rogabis aquae guttulam.[1] (Navis stultifera, Sebastian Brandt, 1507, fol, xix.) [Footnote 1: “You heap up in your folly ample riches for yourself, and refuse a crumb of bread to the poor man; […]

A Sound Security

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO HENRI LAVEDAN . . . . . . . . Par cest ymage Te doing en pleige Jhesu-Crist Qui tout fist, ainsi est escript: Il te pleige tout ton avoir; Ne peuz nulz si bon pleige avoir. (Miracles de Notre-Dame par personnages, publ. par. G. Paris et U. Robert.)[1] [Footnote 1: […]

The Mystic Blood

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO FÉLIX JEANTET La Bocca sua non diceva se non Jesù e Caterina, e cosi dicendo ricevatti el capo nelle mani mie, fermando l’occhio nella Divina Bontà, e dicendo: lo voglio…. (Le lettere di S. Caterina da Siena.–xcvii, Gigli e Burlamacchi.)[1] [Footnote 1: “His mouth spake no word but only Jesus and […]

The Human Tragedy

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO J.H. ROSNY Πᾶς δ’ ὀδυνηρὸς βίος ἀνθρώπων, κοὐκ ἔστι πόνων ἀνάπαυσις. ἄλλο τι τοῦ ζῆν φίλτερον, ἀλλ’ ὃ σκότος ἀμπίσχων κρύπτει νεφέλαις. (Euripides, Hippolytus, 190 sqq.)[1] [Footnote 1: “All the life of man is full of pain, and there is no surcease of sorrow. If there be aught better elsewhere than […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO ARMAND GENEST Quand, simple citoyen, soldat d’un peuple libre, Aux bords de l’Éridan, de l’Adige et du Tibre, Foudroyant tour à tour quelques tyrans pervers, Des nations en pleurs, sa main brisait les fers…. (Marie-Joseph Chénier, La Promenade.)[1] Napoléon, après son expédition de Livourne, se rendant à Florence, coùcha à San […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) TO HENRY GAUTHIER-VILLARS Done Marie d’Avalos, l’une des belles princesses du païs, mariée avec le prince de Venouse, laquelle s’estant enamourachée du comte d’Andriane, l’un des beaux princes du païs aussy, et s’estans tous deux concertez à la jouissance et le mari l’ayant descouverte … les fit tous deux massacrer par gens […]

The Cure’s Mignonette

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(Translator: Mrs. John Lane) TO JULES LEMAITRE In a village of the Bocage I once knew a cure, a holy man who denied himself every indulgence and who cheerfully practised the virtue of renunciation, and knew no joy but that of sacrifice. In his garden he cultivated fruit-trees, vegetables and medicinal plants, but fearing beauty […]

Balthasar

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(Translator: Mrs. John Lane) I. In those days Balthasar, whom the Greeks called Saracin, reigned in Ethiopia. He was black, but comely of countenance. He had a simple soul and a generous heart The third year of his reign, which was the twenty-second of his age, he left his dominions on a visit to Balkis, […]

M. Pigeonneau

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(Translator: Mrs. John Lane) TO GILBERT AUGUSTIN-THIERRY I have, as everybody knows, devoted my whole life to Egyptian archaeology. I should be very ungrateful to my country, to science, and to my-self, if I regretted the profession to which I was called. In my early youth and which I have followed with honour these forty […]

The Red Egg

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(Translator: Mrs. John Lane) TO SAMUEL POZZI Dr. N—— placed his coffee-cup on the mantelpiece, threw his cigar into the fire, and said to me: “My dear friend, you recently told me of the strange suicide of a woman tortured by terror and remorse. Her nature was fine and she was exquisitely cultivated. Being suspected […]

Laeta Acilia

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(Translator: Mrs. John Lane) TO ARY RENAN I. Laeta Acilia lived in Marseilles during the reign of the Emperor Tiberius. She had been married for several years to a Roman noble named Helvius, but she had no children, though she longed passionately to become a mother. One day as she went to the temple to […]

The Daughter Of Lilith

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(Translator: Mrs. John Lane) TO JEAN PSICHARI I had left Paris late in the evening, and I spent a long, silent and snowy night in the corner of the railway carriage. I waited six mortal hours at X——, and the next afternoon I found nothing better than a farm-waggon to take me to Artigues. The […]

Honey-Bee

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HONEY-BEE By Anatole France A Translation By Mrs. John Lane TO H. B. H. DEAR AND LIFE-LONG FRIEND INTRODUCTION It is an honour, but, also, a great responsibility, to introduce through the dangerous medium of a translation one of the most distinguished writers of our time, and, probably, the greatest living master of style, to […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) I LENT, of the year 1429, presented a strange marvel of the Calendar, a conjunction that moved the admiration not only of the common crowd of the Faithful, but eke of Clerks, well learned in Arithmetic. For Astronomy, mother of the Calendar, was Christian in those days. In 1429 Good Friday fell […]

Olivier’s Brag

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) The Emperor Charlemagne and his twelve peers, having taken the palmer’s staff at Saint-Denis, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. They prostrated themselves before the tomb of Our Lord, and sat in the thirteen chairs of the great hall wherein Jesus Christ and his Apostles met together to celebrate the blessed sacrifice of […]

(Translator: D. B. Stewart) CHAPTER I THE strangest, the most varied, the most erroneous opinions have been expressed with regard to the famous individual commonly known as Bluebeard. None, perhaps, was less tenable than that which made of this gentleman a personification of the Sun. For this is what a certain school of comparative mythology […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) IN the days of King Louis XI there lived at Paris, in a matted chamber, a citizen dame called Violante, who was comely and well-liking in all her person. She had so bright a face that Master Jacques Tribouillard, doctor in law and a renowned cosmographer, who was often a visitor at […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) ONE day the Capuchin, Brother Jean Chavaray, meeting my good master the Abbe Coign-ard in the cloister of “The Innocents,” fell into talk with him of the Brother Olivier Maillard, whose sermons, edifying and macaronic, he had lately been reading. “There are good bits to be found in these sermons,” said the […]

Brother Joconde

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) THE Parisians were far from loving the English and found it hard to put up with them. When, after the obsequies of the late King Charles VI, the Duke of Bedford had the sword of the King of France borne before him, the people murmured. But what cannot be cured must be […]

Satan’s Tongue-Pie

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) SATAN lay in his bed with the flaming curtains. The physicians and apothecaries of Hell, finding their patient had a white tongue, inferred he was suffering from a weakness of the stomach and prescribed a diet at once light and nourishing. Satan swore he had no appetite for aught but a certain […]

Mademoiselle Roxane

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(Translator: Alfred Allinson) MY good master, M. l’Abbe Coignard, had taken me with him to sup with one of his old fellow-students, who lodged in a garret in the Rue Git-le-Cour. Our host, a Premonstratensian Father of much learning and a fine Theologian, had fallen out with the Prior of his House for having writ […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) ON January 1st, in the forenoon, the good M. Chanterelle sallied out on foot from his hotel in the Faubourg Saint-Marcel. He felt the cold and was a poor walker; so it was a real penance to him to face the chilly air and the bleak streets which were full of half-melted […]

(Translator: Alfred Allinson) THE WHICH WAS SHOWED IN A TEMPLE AND OF SUNDRY LIMNINGS OF A RIGHT PACIFIC AND AMOROUS SORT THE WHICH THE SAGE PHILEMON HAD HANGED IN HIS LIBRARIE AND OF A NOBLE PORTRAITURE OF THE POET HOMER THE WHICH THE AFORESAID PHILEMON DID PRIZE ABOVE ALL OTHER LIMNINGS PHILEMON was used to […]

The Mass Of Shadows

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This tale the sacristan of the church of St. Eulalie at Neuville d’Aumont told me, as we sat under the arbor of the White Horse, one fine summer evening, drinking a bottle of old wine to the health of the dead man, now very much at his ease, whom that very morning he had borne […]