Clemenceau was first and foremost a political animal. But he was a many-sided man, with many different fields of interest. Politics was his profession, and his principal concern, but as a journalist he sought to be a man of letters in the widest sense, and attempted creative literature in various forms — short stories, descriptive pieces and moral essays, even a novel and a play. However unsuccessful this attempt, it is important that it was made. He also had a life-long interest in the arts, and was a close friend of the critic Gustave Geffroy and the painter Claude Monet. Many people paid tribute to his qualities as a Cicerone after he conducted them round special exhibitions or the permanent collections of the Louvre. 1 He never forgot his early scientific training, although during his lifetime science became a matter of professional specialization that made it quite impossible for the intelligent amateur to keep abreast of the latest research. Thus, if he seemed to some political associates to be an isolated figure, it was not because he was solitary, but because he did not devote his time entirely to politics, except in the special circumstances of the second ministry. He moved in other circles and had other interests. In his early life and middle age he moved in 'society' — not the high society of the aristocracy and haute bourgeoisie, which would not have accepted such a representative of republican and democratic ideas, but republican society which had its own salons, and the world of the opera, and fashionable theatres. But after his separation from his wife, and as he grew older, he moved more in intellectual, journalistic, and artistic circles, and spent his time with old and close friends. He was attractive to women, and had several____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Georges Clemenceau:A Political Biography. Contributors: David Robin Watson - Author. Publisher: D. McKay. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1976. Page number: 397.
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