Le Grand Meaulnes

French text with notes & intro in English


Alain-Fournier, the first part adapted with introduction, notes and glossary by G I Dunn


Oxford University Press, London, 1958
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Printing Details

Reprint, hardback bound in the original tan cloth with printed titling to spine and upper board. 17 × 11.5cm, 131pp. Introduction and notes in English, main text in French.

Le Grand Meaulnes is the only novel by French author Alain-Fournier, who was killed in the first month of World War I. The novel, published in 1913, a year before the author's death, is somewhat biographical—especially the name of the heroine Yvonne, for whom he had a doomed infatuation in Paris. Fifteen-year-old François Seurel narrates the story of his friendship with seventeen-year-old Augustin Meaulnes as Meaulnes searches for his lost love. Impulsive, reckless and heroic, Meaulnes embodies the romantic ideal, the search for the unobtainable, and the mysterious world between childhood and adulthood.


Very good condition, with a small dark patch to the upper board and a previous owner's neat name to the ffep.



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