Maurice Aristide Chapelan, Man of Three Parts (Hardback)
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Maurice Aristide Chapelan, Man of Three Parts (Hardback)

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This work presents Maurice Chapelan in three distinct ways: firstly, as a poet, biographer, literary critic and writer of aphorisms; secondly, as a famous newspaper grammarian; and, thirdly, as the author of romans galants, inspired by his youthful study of his paternal grandfather's rich library of eighteenth-century literature.Although Chapelan died in 1992, many of his books are still in print and he is remembered with affection, admiration and gratitude, especially by those who used to relish his witty Divertissements grammaticaux (formerly Usage et grammaire) every week in Le Figaro litteraire, where he had become resident chroniqueur du langage in 1961. Maurice Aristide Chapelan may well have been three distinct writers, signing himself in fun as MAC, le Diable-comme Dieu en trois personnes, but these three persons had a well-defined unifying thread running through their literary output: a beauty, a simplicity and an elegance of style, revealing a love of the French language and more than a hint of libertinage.

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781527540972
Number of pages: 275
Dimensions: 212 x 148 mm
Edition: Unabridged edition


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"Le titre en est pris d'apres Maurice Chapelan lui-meme, qui, en singeant les Evangiles, se disait, comme le diable, , a savoir l'ecrivain poete sous son propre patronyme, le grammairien sous le nom d'Aristide et l'auteur de romans erotico-comiques sous le nom d'Ayme Dubois-Jolly. Mary Munro-Hill s'interesse d'abord au traducteur, qui prefere le recours a une traduction litterale avant d'en creer une poetique. Precisement Mary Munro-Hill axe son etude sur l'inspiration, a savoir l'architecture du poeme qui ne nait pas du hasard, meme s'il se veut libre. L'auteure signale l'ambiguite, la porosite entre les genres chez Maurice Chapelan, prose ou poeme. C'est ainsi qu'elle decele de la poesie jusque dans les aphorismes de Maurice Chapelan : . Si l'on considere que les jeux de langage sont de la poesie - nous dirions alors plutot de la - cette analyse nous fait connaitre la langue incroyablement spirituelle d'Aristide : Mary Munro-Hill donne une place particuliere au travail sur le vers de Maurice Chapelan avec sa Symphonie poetique en double version, classique et moderne ou elle sait reveler tout le talent erudit de son auteur ainsi que sa virtuosite dans le maniement du vers. Maurice Chapelan est un homme de lettres total qui vaut qu'on le lise tant il unit dans une seule et meme inspiration : la litterature, les femmes, Dieu, le langage, l'amour et la mort."The book title reflects Chapelan's humorous self-description, when he presents himself as the Devil and likens himself to the God of the New Testament, "in three persons": he is the writer and poet, Maurice Chapelan, he is the grammarian bearing the name Aristide, and he is the creator of comic erotic novels, using the pseudonym Ayme Dubois-Jolly. Mary Munro-Hill treats first the translator, who prefers to work on a literal rendering before turning it into poetry. In fact, Mary Munro-Hill concentrates on inspiration, for the structure of a poem does not appear by chance, even if it styles itself as free. She points to the ambiguity and the blurring of genres in Maurice Chapelan's work, be it prose or poetry. It is thus that she finds poetry even in the aphorisms of Maurice Chapelan : " Quand je cueille mes pensees vertes, je les laisse murir sur le papier " - "When I gather my green thoughts, I leave them to ripen on the page". If we regard linguistic play as poetry - we might say "poetic language" - this analysis shows us the incredibly witty writing of Aristide: " Qu'alors y faire ? (oh !), a defaut de s'echauffer la bile ? Etre un mainteneur pour soi-meme, par amour indefectible du bon francais, et se revancher du reste... par l'humour. " Here the play on the words calorifere (Qu'alors y faire ?) and s'echauffer la bile wittily conveys the heat of the situation. "What is the point of it all? To maintain standards for oneself, through an unwavering love of good French, and to take revenge on the rest... with humour!" Mary Munro-Hill gives pride of place in her study of Maurice Chapelan's verse to his Symphonie poetique en double version, classique et moderne, successfully revealing all the erudition and originality of his poetry. Maurice Chapelan is a complete man of letters, truly worth reading, as he brings together in one and the same inspired person: literature, women, God, the French language, love and death."- Bernard Fournier"Sur son petit nuage, Maurice doit etre heureux. Personne n'a su dire comme Mary Munro-Hill les qualites du grammairien et etudier cette part peu connue de ses ecrits : romans et poemes erotiques ! On retrouve dans le texte chaleureux de Mary Munro-Hill le cote de l'auteur sous le pseudonyme d'Ayme Dubois-Jolly qui, s'il peut froisser les esprits moralisateurs, ne peut que rejouir les amateurs de . Notons aussi qu'on y trouvera l'etude subtile de beaux poemes sensuels et, surtout, les lettres affectueusement coquines de Maurice a Mary. Un regal !"- Jeanne Cressanges, Novelist"Maurice must be happy, sitting up there on his little cloud. No one has appreciated better than Mary Munro-Hill his qualities as a grammarian nor has anyone else examined that little-known part of his writing, his erotic poems and novels. In Mary Munro-Hill's affectionate study we encounter the "naughty" side of the writer who, under the pseudonym Ayme Dubois-Jolly, ruffled a few feathers among his more moralising readers while delighting lovers of forbidden literature. We also find not only a subtle treatment of his beautiful sensual poetry but also examples of cheeky letters Maurice wrote to Mary. A real treat!"- Jeanne Cressanges, Novelist

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