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  • Published: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099529729
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

The Magnificent Meaulnes (Le Grand Meaulnes)



‘One of the most romantic, elegiac novels of adolescence ever written’ Sunday Telegraph

When Augustin Meaulnes arrives in François’ home, he changes everything. Life in the little town where they both go to school suddenly becomes far more adventurous and exciting. On one of his escapades, Meaulnes gets lost in the countryside finds himself at an extraordinary party where he meets the girl of his dreams.From this point on he is haunted by her memory and devotes his life, with François’ willing help, to finding her again.

  • Published: 1 January 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099529729
  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Henri Alain-Fournier

Date: 2013-08-06
Alain-Fournier was born Henri Alban Fournier, the son of two school teachers, on 3 October 1886 in La Chapelle d'Anguillonin France. He studied at a boarding school in Paris, at the naval college in Brest, and also at the lycée Lakanalin Sceaux, where he met his lifelong friend, the critic Jacque Rivière. In 1905 Fournier had a chance meeting with Yvonne de Quiévrecourt and fell instantly in love. This meeting was the inspiration for Le Grand Meaulnes, though the novel was not finished until Fournier had completed his military service in 1913. While working as a columnist and private tutor, Fournier was called up to fight in the First World War. He was killed in action at Vaux-lès-Palameix in 1914, though his body was not formally identified until 1991. Le Grand Meaulnes is his only finished novel.

Valerie Lester is the author of Phiz, The Man Who Drew Dickens (2004)and Fasten Your Seat Belts!History and Heroism in the Pan Am Cabin (1996).She has published essays and poems in various venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Airways Magazine, and The New Dictionary of National Biography.She first tried translating Le Grand Meaulnes as a teenager at school in Switzerland, and finished the job half a century later.

Henri Alain-Fournier was born in La Chapelle d'Angillon in 1886. His first novel Le Grand Meaulnes was published in 1912. He was killed in action on the Lesuse in 1914. His second novel, Les Miracles appeared posthumously in 1924.

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Praise for The Magnificent Meaulnes (Le Grand Meaulnes)

A bewitching tale of adolescence, love, adventure and the mysterious spaces in between

Sunday Times

One of the most romantic, elegiac novels of adolescence ever written...resounds with not only the unfulfilled promise of the writer and his fictional alter ego but also that of a generation

Sunday Telegraph

It is an extraordinary book, part fairytale or romance, part realistic study of French provincial life, sometimes grim, in the last years of the 19th century; and some of its fascination comes from this curiously hybrid quality. It is both naive and knowing. It has the dewy freshness of a first novel, but it is also admirably constructed

Spectator

Intense, perfectly capturing that interval between childhood and the adult world

Rosie Thomas

It has captured the hearts, and fantasies, of generations of adolescents and lingered on their bookshelves, and in their souls, well into middle age...a tale of enchantment. It is, above all, a fairy tale, one imbued with the beauties of the French countryside, an eerie, charged nostalgia and all the yearnings of the budding Bohemian soul

Independent

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