Mirabeau

Mirabeau

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Mirabeau

Mirabeau

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In the preface to a brilliant little biography of Mirabeau published in "Les grands Écrivains français" series (Hachette, 1891) M. Rousse tells us that everything we need wish to know about Mirabeau may be found in the memoirs published by M. Lucas de Montigny (8 vols., Delauney, 1835), in the exhaustive work of MM. Louis and Charles de Loménie (Les Mirabeau, 5 vols., Dentu, 1878-1891), and in the correspondence between Mirabeau and La Marck edited by M. de Bacourt (2 vols., Meline, Cans, and Cie., 1851). If we add to these works the Souvenirs sur Mirabeau of Dumont (1 vol., Bossange, 1832) and the life of Mirabeau written by Professor Alfred Stern (Das Leben Mirabeaus, 2 vols., Cronbach, 1889), this last the most complete, impartial, and interesting biography of the orator existing, we are not likely, when endeavouring to acquaint ourselves with Mirabeau, to be led into error by want of knowledge of the facts or of competent guidance. Yet we shall only be learning to know him as he appears to the . . .

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