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Autour De La Lettre Aux Directeurs De La Résistance

By Jean Paulhan Edited by John Flower

Autour De La Lettre Aux Directeurs De La Résistance
Paperback, 192 pages £20.00
Published: 2003
ISBN: 9780859897242
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Subjects: European Literature, European Studies
Series: Exeter Textes Littéraires

Jean Paulhan’s Lettre aux directeurs de la Résistance was an important and contentious statement about the influence of communism in intellectual and literary circles. On publication in 1952, the pamphlet revived debates over collaboration with the Nazi authorities that had dominated French society since the Liberation, and that still have important echoes today.

In this new edition, John Flower provides a full contextualising introduction. He also examines Paulhan’s evolution during the period and assesses his postion alongside that of other key figures: in particular Mauriac and Camus. The volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of this turbulent period and provides a documentary history of the post-war political and literary debates in Paris.


Introduction: Un debat intellectuel 1944-52 - vengeance, compromis ou pardon?

Manuscrit de la page de titre

Lettre aux directeurs de la resistance, 1952, 41

Les cinq 'lettres ouvertes' aux membres du Comite national des ecrivains, 1947

Selection des principales reactions a la publication de la Lettre

1. Louis Martin-Chauffier

2. Raymond Lindon

3. Elsa Triolet

4. Roger Stephane

5. Jean Paulhan a Claude Bourdet

6. Combat

7. Jean Paulhan a Louis Martin-Chauffier

8. Louis Martin-Chauffier

9. Jean Chauveau

10. Jean Paulhan a Claude Mauriac

11. Gabriel Marcel

12. Roger Caillois

13. Jean Paulhan a Jean Chauveau

ANNEXES; I. 'L'adresse aux Messieurs les Presidents des cours de justice' de Servus Juris (Michel Brille), 1948

II. (a) Petition aux deux chambres, 1816

(b) 'Lettres a Messieurs de l'Academie des inscriptions et belles-lettres'. de Paul-Louis Courier. 1819.

John Flower is Professor of French, University of Kent at Canterbury. He is General Editor of the Journal of European Studies. His many publications include François Mauriac-Jean Paulhan: Correspondance, 1925-1967 (Paris, 2001); François Mauriac: Psycholectures/Psychoreadings (University of Exeter Press, 1995); Pierre Courtade : The Making of a Party Scribe (Berg, 1995).

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 Paperback , 192 pages

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 University of Exeter Press


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