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Revered through his friends and highly profitable the world over in his personal time, André Maurois is now rarely learn. average and conciliatory in every little thing, together with his literary kind, he appealed to the proficient reader of his time, yet did these very characteristics hinder him from attaining lasting contrast and effect?

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André Maurois (1885–1967): Fortunes and Misfortunes of a Moderate

Revered by means of his friends and highly profitable across the world in his personal time, André Maurois is now infrequently learn. reasonable and conciliatory in every little thing, together with his literary variety, he appealed to the proficient reader of his time, yet did these very characteristics hinder him from reaching lasting contrast and effect?

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0006  André Maurois (1885–1967) At the same time, it remained Maurois’ considered judgment that the wise statesman must act in order to adapt the social order to inevitably changing circumstances and to avoid drastic and destructive transformations. “The social order can be stable only if the relation institution is constant. Every variation in that connection is matched facts by an injustice and every injustice by a disorder. The unwavering care of the true friend of order is to adjust institutions to fact.

While finding so much sympathy for their opposites” (“A Portrait” in Desmond MacCarthy, Memories [as in I, note 15], pp. 9–15, on p. 13). MacCarthy himself, however, insisted that “ ‘Bloomsbury’ is neither a movement nor a push [defined as ‘a mutual admiration society’—LG], but only a group of old friends. [ . . ] In taste and judgment ‘Bloomsbury’ from the start has been at variance with itself. Indeed, here lay its charm as a social circle. , pp. 172–173). Such a milieu must have suited Maurois to a T.

Xxi). “He was a jack of almost all genres—biography, history, diction, essays and criticism of manners,” in the words of Alan Whitman, the author of his obituary in the New York Times. “Biography, however, was his true genius and the basis for his enduring reputation” (New York Times, 10 October 1967). m. and am at my desk at 8 and work all day long. I write every day, except for Sunday. [ . . ] The job of a writer is to write”: The year of his death still saw the publication of Trois portraits de femmes (Paris: Hachette, 1967), short biographical studies of the Duchess of Devonshire, the Countess of Albany (the wife of the Stuart pretender to the British throne), and Henriette Marie de France (the wife of Charles I of England).

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