Victor Brombert (essay date 1961)
SOURCE: "Vallès and the Pathos of Rebellion," in his The Intellectual Hero: Studies in the French Novel, 1880-1955, J. B. Lippincott Co., 1961, pp. 43-51.
[In the following excerpt, Brombert contends that despite Vallès's often misunderstood humor, his works viscerally communicate the tragic circumstances of Leftist intellectuals who were not accepted by existing institutions or by the revolutionary workers they wished to support.]
Jules Vallès' disheveled exuberance was not confined to literature. Son of a provincial schoolteacher who sent him to Paris to prepare for the Ecole Normale, he despised diplomas, preferred the more hot-blooded bohemian life, launched...
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