The book Alphonse Daudet a Biographical And Critical Study was written by author Robert Harborough Sherard Here you can read free online of Alphonse Daudet a Biographical And Critical Study book, rate and share your impressions in comments. If you don't know what to write, just answer the question: Why is Alphonse Daudet a Biographical And Critical Study a good or bad book?
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To the young man who, being poor, has any ambition of other than a sordid nature, great personal beauty can only be a curse. In the corrupt Paris on which Alphonse Daudet entered, and in which his early manhood was passed, it might have been for him doubly a curse. It was not so, and it is to his great honour that it was not so. The woman of the world must suffer to be 160 ALPHONSE DAUDET beautiful. The artist must suffer because he is beautiful, because his beauty will cause stumbling- blocks ...of every baleful kind to be strewn in the path along which he would proceed. One wants the companion story to Hans Andersen's ' Ugly Duckling. ' Paris exercises on the French provincial a fasci- nation immeasurably superior to the attraction which other capital cities possess for the rural popu- lations of the countries in which they are situated. The reason of this lies in the French character, in the French ignorance of geographical facts, in the diluted egotism so intrinsically French (unless, indeed, the Chinese may lay claim to it in a higher degree), which cannot be called patriotism for that is a word of nobler significance and can best be described by a term of their own coining, the word Chauvinism.