Anatole France Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

The world of books into which Anatole France was born was surely the strongest influence in determining his vocation as a writer, but that influence went far deeper still, for it also determined the kind of writer he would be. Almost all the subjects he chose to write about, in his long career, were derived from or related to books in some way. He was a voracious reader all of his life, and the many books he wrote not only reflect that wide reading but also reveal that what he read was more immediate and more vital to him—more nourishing to his creative imagination, indeed more real to him—than the quotidian reality in which he lived. Even when most actively involved in public events, as he was in the years immediately...

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