Henri Peyre


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His Life in Letters

Henri Peyre; John W. Kneller, General Editor; Collected and transcribed by Mario Maurin; Foreword by Mary Ann Caws

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Henri Peyre (1901-1988), a giant figure in French studies, did more to introduce Americans to the modern literature and culture of French than any other person. Sterling Professor and chair of the French Department of Yale University for more than four decades, Peyre was also the author of forty-four books, a brilliant speaker, and a mentor to two generations of students. He left enormous legacies as both teacher and scholar.

Peyre also left a large and fascinating body of correspondence. This collection of his letters documents the era in which he lived. His lively letters also bear witness to the vast network of his friends and colleagues, including such major post-war literary figures as Robert Penn Warren, Andre Gide, and Andre Malraux.

John W. Kneller is president emeritus of Brooklyn College, CUNY, and former editor-in-chief of the French Review. Mario Maurin is emeritus professor of French at Bryn Mawr College.

"Henri Peyre's correspondence was legendary—for its quantity, its scope, and its acerbity. Because Peyre was in correspondence with so many of the major literary figures of post-war France his letters will undoubtedly be of great interest to anyone with an interest in modern European literature."—Edwin M. Duval, Professor and Chair, Department of French, Yale University


"A classic among the labors of love perfectly responding to their subject. Henri Peyre, brilliant and beloved, deserves this tribute, about which all of us who participated are more than enthusiastic: his life and work were an example, and his friendship, an honor."—Mary Ann Caws, City University of New York

ISBN: 9780300104431
Publication Date: February 11, 2005
1128 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4