MONTHERLANT Henry de (1896-1972) [AF 1960, 29e f].

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MONTHERLANT Henry de (1896-1972) [AF 1960, 29e f].
MANUSCRIT autograph, Claudel et Montherlant, [1934]; 4 pages in-4. Under the mask of an anonymous critic, Montherlant devotes himself to a study on himself on the occasion of the publication of Encore un instant de bonheur (Grasset, 1934). The manuscript, in violet ink, with erasures and corrections, is written on the back of the typescript of his bibliography (p. 9-12) with autograph corrections and additions. Montherlant poet meets the same resistances as CLAUDEL or Anna de NOAILLES: "these three poets are lyricists, and there is decidedly in the French something impervious to the lyricism". VALÉRY is "a continuator of the 'precious' poetry of the French 17th century. COCTEAU is also a precious, and, in addition, a man of spirit, that is to say a doubly French product. [Claudel and Montherlant are phenomena in the French life, Claudel making crack the frames by all that goes out of him, his dramas, his prosody, his language, Montherlant, of a much more classic art, making it crack by his temperament of fire "... etc. Only Edmond Jaloux and Francis de Miomandre greeted Encore un instant de bonheur: "The French do not realize in any way what such a volume, truly spring-like, brings air, blood, and song to their contemporary literature, which has become gentrified and unaccustomed to this prodigality of sap and this magnificent enthusiasm for enjoying human feelings"... Attached is a L.A.S. [1925, to Nicolas Beauduin], on the death of his grandmother; the autograph manuscript of a text "A l'enterrement Lefebvre", December 2, 1963 (2 p. in-4); a P.A.S. (quotation from the Master of Santiago); a L.S., 1967, about his academic reception "en séance privée".
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