Biographical Dictionary of Literary Influences: The by John Powell

By John Powell

Over the last 20 years, the method of cultural improvement and, particularly, the function of examining has been of transforming into curiosity, yet contemporary examine has been episodic and idiosyncratic. during this biographical dictionary, examine dedicated in particular to the analyzing behavior of nineteenth century people who formed Western tradition is introduced jointly for the 1st time. whereas giving widespread assurance to literary and political figures, the volume's 270 entries additionally contain musicians, painters, educators, and explorers. each one access comprises short biographical details, a concise precis of literary affects at the topic, and transparent course for extra learn. The booklet presents a realistic device for students wishing to track the studying adventure of vital Western cultural figures.

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Michelle C Morgan AGASSIZ, JEAN LOUIS RODOLPHE (1807-1873). Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz, Swiss naturalist, was born in Friborg (Switzerland). He attended the Universities of Zurich (1824), Heidelberg (1826), and Munich (1827-1830), where he studied under Lorenz Oken, Karl Friedrick Martius, and Ignaz Dollinger. In 1829 he earned the doctorate in philosophy at Munich, nine months after the publication of Fishes of Brazil. In 1830, also at Munich, he earned a doctor of medicine degree and began to work on Poissons fossiles.

The first novel published under the name "Honore de Balzac," El Verdugo, came the following year. Thus was inaugurated a long series of novels and novellas (up to four per year) that made Balzac one of the most prolific writers of his time and an internationally recognized artist as early as 1831. The novels published (often as serials) between 1835 and 1840 (Le Pere Goriot, Le Colonel Chabert, Le Lys dans la vallee, Illusions perdues) are thought to be his finest. In 1839, upon his election as president of the influential Societe des gens de lettres, Balzac began developing the concept of a novelistic cycle featuring recurrent characters and loosely interconnected plots.

His son claimed that Barry was no great letter writer and that he would often listen to reading without allowing this activity to disrupt his main stream of thought. Barry's papers at the Royal Institute of British Architects offer scant information about his reading habits, and his stylistic ideas seem to have come not from any discernible literary source but from the study of the buildings themselves.

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