Le château du prince de Polignac by Anthony Trollope
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Nouvelle écrite en 1859 et située au Puy-en-Velay, elle relate les amours tumultueuses de deux amants d’un certain âge. Trollope avait par la force des choses beaucoup voyagé en Europe dans sa jeunesse, ses parents ayant dû s’exiler à Bruxelles pour fuir leurs créditeurs, et il parlait assez couramment plusieurs langues, dont le français.

La protagoniste, Mrs Thomson, est une veuve anglaise bien née, mais dotée de modestes revenus, ce qui la pousse à vivre en France et en province, où la vie est moins chère, en compagnie de ses deux filles adolescentes ; elle séjourne momentanément dans un hôtel du Puy, où elle se lie d’amitié avec M. Lacordaire, un des pensionnaires français, un peu plus âgé qu’elle, un homme fort bien élevé, mais dont la position sociale reste assez mystérieuse. Lors d’une excursion dans les ruines du château des Polignac, il se hasardera à lui demander sa main et à lui révéler son secret. Après un combat intérieur, elle lui donnera sa réponse…

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Anthony Trollope, 1815-1885 Novelist Anthony Trollope was born the fourth son of Thomas Anthony Trollope, a barrister, and Frances Trollope in London, England. At the age of one, he was taken to a house called Julians. He attended many famous schools but as a large, awkward boy, he never felt in place among the aristocrats he met there. In 1835, his father Thomas Anthony died. In 1834, he became a junior clerk in the General Post Office, London. He spent seven years there in poverty until his transfer, in 1841, to Banagher, Ireland as a deputy postal surveyor. He became more financially secure and in 1844, he married Rose Heseltine. Trollope wanted to discover the reasons for Irish discontent. In 1843, he began working on his first novel "The Macdermots of Ballycloran" which was published in 1847. He was sent on many postal missions. He spent a year is Belfast, in 1853, then went to Donnybrook, near Dublin. He also went to Egypt, Scotland and the West Indies to finally settle outside of London, at Waltham Cross, as a surveyor general in the Post Office. At this point, he was writing constantly. Some of the writings during this time were "The Noble Jilt" (written in 1850), a comedy that was set aside; "Barchester Towers" (1857), which chronicled the events and politics in the imaginary city; and "The Last Chronicle of Barset." In 1867, he tried editorship of St. Paul's Magazine but soon gave up because he didn't feel suited for the job. In 1871, he went on a visit to a son in Australia. At sea, he wrote "Lady Anna" on the voyage out and "Australia and New Zealand" on the voyage back. The "Autobiography" was written between October 1875 and April 1876 but was not published until after his death. Suffering from asthma and possible angina pectoris, Trollope moved to Harting Grange. He wrote three more novels during 1881 than, in 1882, went to Ireland to begin research for "The Landleaguers". In November that year, he suffered a paralytic stroke and on December 6, 1882, he died. His wife and two sons survived him.
Published March 5, 2012 by L'Herne. 30 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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