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Lamartine biographe de gare

Abstract : My contribution focuses on the biographies of great men (including a few women) published by Lamartine in the early 1850s in his newspaper, Le Civilisateur, subtitled "A History of Mankind through Great Men". His biographies were afterwards reprinted as part of the Bibliothèque des chemins de fer, editor Louis Hachette's series. I demonstrate how Lamartine's biographical writing shared similar goals to the series, intended both as educational and entertaining and aimed at the lower classes of society. How Lamartine chose the characters whose lives he wrote and his narrative schemes shows that he felt responsible for passing on the memory of yesterday geniuses to his time largest audience. Figuring himself inside the memorial chain that connects past to present, Lamartine wanted to convey his progressive vision of history and human thinking.
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Sarah Mombert. Lamartine biographe de gare. Sarah Mombert et Michèle Rosellini. Usages des vies. Le biographique hier et aujourd'hui (XVIIe-XXIe siècle), Presses Universitaires du Mirail, pp.207-231, 2012, Cribles XVIe-XVIIIe. ⟨halshs-00772754⟩

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