Jean Paul Marat: A Study in Radicalism

Jean Paul Marat: A Study in Radicalism

Jean Paul Marat: A Study in Radicalism

Jean Paul Marat: A Study in Radicalism

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If an apology is needed for this book, it is to be found in the words of the late Professor R. C. H. Catterall:

All present lives of Marat are well-nigh valueless. The biography of Marat remains to be written.

Professor Catterall had himself intended to write such a biography, but his premature death prevented his doing so. With that end in view, however, he added to the splendid collection of the numbers of Marat's journals already contained in the White Historical Library of Cornell University several other writings by Marat and most of the important works about him. The present author has been able to use not only this collection of Maratana, but also a few notes put at his disposal through the kindness of Mrs. Catterall.

The finest collection of material for the study of the career of Marat is, however, to be found at the British Museum Library. Among other valuable sources, the British Museum possesses the vast accumulation of notes and volumes that François Chevremont was able to gather in the course of a lifetime devoted to compiling a bibliography of Maratana and rehabilitating the damaged reputation of his subject. The Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris also is wealthy in Maratana --particularly in pamphlet literature. A few important documents are preserved in the Archives Nationale, and in the New York Public Library there is as complete a file of his journals as is to be found anywhere. While it may safely be assumed that somewhere there still is valuable material waiting to be discovered and published, a reasonably definite . . .

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