The Journal of Jules Renard


SKU: 9781941040812 Category: Tag:
Publisher: Tin House Books
Product ID: 607834


Throughout his journal, Renard develops not only his artistic convictions but also his humanity as he reflects on the nineteenth-century French literary and art scene, and on the emergence of his position as an important novelist and playwright in that world. Through a mix of aphorisms and observations, short scenes, gossip, jokes, and meditations on life and art, Renard portrays the details of his personal life–his love interests, his position as a socialist mayor of Chitry, the suicide of his father–that often appear in his work.

In recent years, the fragmented memoir has grown in popularity, and there’s been a resurgence of diary as an artistic form. Once again, Jean Paul Sartre’s assessment that “directly, or indirectly, Renard is at the origin of contemporary literature” rings true. In a new introduction, Sarah Manguso–whose groundbreaking nonfiction incorporates elements of diary and aphorism–both contextualizes and celebrates Renard’s seminal journal.

ISBN: 9781941040812
Publisher: Tin House Books
Pub Date: 11/2017
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.88lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.50w x 1.00d

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Weight 0.88 lbs
Dimensions 8.40 × 5.50 × 1.00 in