Egoists: A Book of Supermen: Stendhal, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Anatole France, Huysmans, Barres, Nietzsche, Blake, Ibsen, Stirner, and Ernest Hello

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VI
THE EVOLUTION OF AN EGOIST
MAURICE BARRES

ONCE upon a time a youth, slim, dark, and delicate, lived in a tower. This tower was composed of ivory -- the youth sat within its walls, tapestried by most subtle art, and studied his soul. As in a mirror, a fantastic mirror of opal and gold, he searched his soul and noted its faintest music, its strangest modulations, its transmutation of joy into melancholy; he saw its grace and its corruption. These matters he registered in his "little mirrors of sincerity." And he was happy in an ivory tower and far away from the world, with its rumours of dulness, feeble crimes, and flat triumphs. After some years the young man wearied of the mirror, with his spotted soul cruelly pictured therein; wearied of the tower of ivory and its alien solitudes; so he opened its carved doors and went into the woods, where he found a deep pool of water. It was very small, very clear, and reflected his face, reflected on its quivering surface his unstable soul. But soon other images of the world appeared above the pool: men's faces and women's, and the shapes of earth and

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • I - A Sentimental Education 1
  • II - The Baudelaire Legend 66
  • III - The Real Flaubert 104
  • IV - Anatole France 139
  • V - J.-K. Huysmans 167
  • VI - Maurice Barres 207
  • VII - Phases of Nietzsche 236
  • VIII - Mystics 269
  • IX - Ibsen 317
  • X - Max Stirner 350
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