The Personality of Napoleon

The Personality of Napoleon

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The Personality of Napoleon

The Personality of Napoleon

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I confess, I have no notion of a truly great man that could not be all sorts of men."--CARLYLE, Heroes .

IN these lectures I propose briefly to estimate the value of the personal factor in the Napo. leonic era. In no sense do they claim to be an exhaustive analysis of character. The materials for such an examination probably do not exist; for, though the number of the extant letters of Napoleon exceeds 32,000, yet by far the larger number deal solely with facts; and even the imposing mass of the official Correspondance de Napoléon (with additions by Lecestre and Brotonne) does not explain the variations and contradictions which invest his being with a charm sometimes almost Shakespearian in its elusive-

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