A corpus of French literary criticism of the nineteenth century. Includes over 150 books, 34 authors and more than 100,000 pages of analysis. In addition to the great critics, academic and journalistic criticism is represented. Selection begins with La Harpe and crosses the entire nineteenth century through Apollinaire and Proust. The volume of these texts varies from a few pages to the twenty-eight volumes of Lamartine literature courses.
Essentially centred on art criticism, i.e. on the salons and on literary monographs devoted to painters by important writers and critics from 1741 to 1927 : the first date corresponds to Father André’s Essay on the beautiful, an essential work for classical esthetics, followed a few years later, in 1747, by the first real salon (containing judgement on the paintings exhibited and not just description), composed by La Font de Saint Yenne ; the corpus ends with the last volume of Proust’s Recherche du temps perdu in 1927.
An electronic version of the printed collection “Bibliographie des Écrivains Français,” an indispensable bibliographic tool for the study of the French literature from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century.