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  • In 1870, Sainte-Beuve famously and eccentrically devoted his unrivaled literary talents to a lacerating indictment of Talleyrand.

    Charm Offensive

  • A generation later, Sainte-Beuve praised her as "a great Athenian orator" for freedom, but now emphasized the inward-looking poetic intensity of the Coppet circle, self-entranced by "la raquette magique du discours" (Portraits de Femmes, 1845).

    The Great de Staël

  • Ariosto, Sainte-Beuve, and Hölderlin also get approving nods.

    The Making of Samuel Beckett

  • Even the names opened for him a world of possibility beyond the surrounding dullness and domesticity and patriotism and religiosity: Sainte-Beuve, the Goncourts, Mérimée, Renan.

    The Master

  • He took down from his shelf a volume of Sainte-Beuve and flicked through it, but the feeling of being away from the heart of things was overwhelming now.

    The Master

  • England had turned from style, as it has been understood from the translators of the Bible to Walter Pater, sought mere clarity in statement and debate, a journalistic effectiveness, at the moment when Irish men of letters began to quote the saying of Sainte-Beuve: ‘There is nothing immortal in literature except style’.96 Style was his growing obsession, he would point out all the errors of some silly experiment of mine, then copy it.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • Sainte-Beuve, and Merimee, and Felicien Rops; I could rhyme

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Sainte-Beuve is very high tempered, and, as regards opinions, so perfectly skeptical, that I should never be astonished at anything he did, in one sense or the other.

    The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters

  • Sainte-Beuve is preparing a lecture on the press law.

    The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters

  • Sainte-Beuve was outraged against Dalloz and has gone to le Temps.

    The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters


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