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MS Fr 411

Lamartine, Alphonse de, 1790-1869. Aphonse de Lamartine papers, 1713-1890: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Fr 411
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lamartine, Alphonse de, 1790-1869.
Title: Alphonse de Lamartine papers,
Date(s): 1713-1890.
Quantity: 0.5 linear feet (1 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in French.
Abstract: Letters from the French poet and statesman Alphonse de Lamartine to his executor, and other related papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

89M-40. Purchased with funds from the Amy Lowell fund from Thierry Bodin, bookseller; received: 1989 August 13.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Alphonse de Lamartine Papers, 1713-1890 (MS Fr 411). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869) was born in Mâcon, France into the aristocracy. His father was imprisoned during the French Revolution but escaped the guillotine. After briefly serving in the military, Lamartine joined the diplomatic corps as secretary to the French embassy at Naples. His first collection of poetry, Méditations poétiques, was published in 1820, establishing him as one of the key figures in the Romantic movement in French literature. Lamartine entered politics and was elected to the National Assembly in 1848 only to be thrown out when the Bourgeoisie discovered he was acting as a spokesman for the working class. After leaving politics, Lamartine published several poetry collections and historical works. He died in Paris.


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Scope and Contents

Letters of Lamartine to his executor, Èdouard Dubois, and to other correspondents as well as some financial records of Lamartine including an account book. There are engravings by Tony Johannot and other engravers which may have been created to illustrate Lamartine's books, among other items.

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