Geoffrey Scott (essay date 1926)
SOURCE: An Introduction to Four Tales, by Isabella A. (Van Tuyll) de Charrière, translated by Sybil Marjorie Scott, Books for Libraries Press, 1926, reprinted 1970, pp. xi-xxvii.
[In the following essay—a 1970 reprint of a work originally published in 1926—Scott connects numerous events in the author's life to those which appear in her fiction.]
The four tales here translated [The Nobleman, Mistress Henley, Letters from Lausanne, and Letters from Lausanne—Caliste] have, I think, a dual interest. As literature they possess a quiet but genuine merit, and fill a graceful if inconspicuous niche in the cold temple of...
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