Georges Pellissier s Mouvement litteraire au XIX. Steele is no less the picture, than the history of contemporary French literature. In addition, it is also the philosophy, or rather describes the evolution of the literary movement of our century. With these words the most prominent of French critics ofreeted this work, now for the first time offered to the American and English public. From him they were significant, almost prophetic, for of all others, M. Brunetiere has most decried the drifts of modern talent in favor of the virtues of Classic art. In a recent review, M. Faguet, the author of a series of keenly salient literary portraits, ranks among modern classics this work, still the best history of one of the most fertile of modern literatures. In its great lines M. Pellissier draws the picture of the contemporary literary movement in France. Divining the spirit of its swiftly succeeding phases of thought, he endows each with its peculiar life. Relating its various counter-currents to the constant progress of ideas, he gives his work the vivid charm and unbroken interest of a panoramic picture. He treats the products of literary art as documents upon aesthetic development. In this sense his work is a history. He grasps what is Brunetiere, Notivelles questions de critique.
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