The Transitional Years (1851–69)

Wendy S. Mercer

in The Life and Travels of Xavier Marmier (1808-1892)

Published by British Academy

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263884
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734830 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

The Transitional Years (1851–69)

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If the years 1849–50 brought a degree of disappointment in the Americas in the wake of the French revolution of 1848, they also brought a new love into Marmier's life. The first section of this chapter describes his journey from Paris to the Balkans, along with romantic encounters with Mme Panckoucke and Louise-Adelaïde Amélie Viéz-Lefebvre-Gineau (Ebba). Marmier completed his narrative with surveys of the topography, administration, judiciary, statistics, and ethnography of the Balkans, and with a description of the life and customs of the country, including sections on marriage, the position of women, and an analysis of the total annual transactions made by Montenegrins at the Cattaro market. The second section describes his journey to the Baltic. The last section cites Marmier's contributions as a novelist.

Keywords: Mme Panckoucke; Marmier; Baltic; Balkans; Paris; Montenegrins; Ebba

Chapter.  19836 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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