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André Maurois

The 50th anniversary, 9 October 1967 - 9.October 2017.

The 50th anniversary

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André Maurois (French: [mɔʁwa]; born Émile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog; 26 July 1885 – 9 October 1967) was a French author.

The minds of different generations are as impenetrable one by the other as are the monads of Leibniz. (Ariel, 1923.)

Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold

André Maurois


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Disraeli: A Picture of the Victorian Age

Emile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog was born in 1885. After WWI he set aside his German-sounding name, choosing instead Andre (after a cousin killed in action) Maurois (a village near an important battle of that war; he liked the “sad sonority” of the name); he legalized the change in 1947.

He firmly established himself as an old-school man of letters, a now nearly-vanished species. Although he seems to be unjustifiably out of fashion these days, by the time of his death in 1967 he had an ironclad reputation as a biographer, essayist, short story author, and novelist; he even turned out creditable, stylistically pleasing histories of England, France, and the United States! His often sardonic sayings and maxims still have a unique power to sum up and encapsulate a situation: “We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence.” Or “We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity—romantic love and gunpowder,“ for instance.

His well-turned biographies include Disraeli, Byron, Proust, Balzac, Shelley, George Sand, Alexander Fleming, and others. The Disraeli biography being reviewed here was the second biography that he wrote and is notable for its smoothly flowing novelistic technique. Widely translated and possibly the most lasting of the Maurois biographies, its stylistic approach, erudition, and the colorful character of Disraeli himself promise continued longevity for this work. The subtitle, “A Picture of the Victorian Age,” is fully and faithfully justified, particularly in the portrayal of the flowering of the British Empire.

Representative of Maurois’s style, a couple of brief felicitous passages centering on religion follow:

“The ‘marvellously tender’ voice of [John Henry] Newman was beginning to ravish souls. …For forty years the Church [of England] had shown a greater dread of faith than of indifference.” (pp. 160-161))

“[Disraeli] believed that man is more than a machine, and that over and above the matter submitted to physical and chemical reactions, there exists a different essence, which can be called the soul, the divine, the genius, an essence altogether of the angels.” (p. 260)

(This title is available in many editions. This review is based on the 1928 Appleton edition translated by Hamish Miles.)

A Bit disappointing in the printing, on some page's Yet Delighted, with the Fact that I had a chance to read this Orginal Work, at all, after so many years, I would say Read it, Disraeli, is One of Life's and Humanity's Great Hero's.and Indivdual's I Loved it. Thanks Andre Maurois, please excuse my spelling, Hugs

Having read many biographies of Benjamin Disraeli, I find Andre Maurois's a must-read for students of the Victorian era. It's a literary biography, to be sure, but it's a great portrait of the time-- very colorful, very illustrative, very smart. For a romantic decoration of Disraeli's life and time, read Andre Maurois; for a long and thorough detailed analysis of Disraeli's political career, read Robert Blake instead.

Andre Maurois: Memoirs 1885-1967 (First Edition)

'If the purpose of autobiography is to make the reader like the author more than before, Maurois succeeds... The book begins with his idyllic family background, his primary school and university years and the powerful influence of his teacher, the great Alain. He then describes his life as a young soldier attached to the British Army in the First World War, his rebuilding of the family business after the war, and his disengagement from the family business to become a writer. Maurois' Memoirs reveal a man of action, intellect, and profound tenderness- writer, patriot, son and husband.'

André Maurois

André Maurois, born Emile Salomon Wilhelm Herzog, was a French author. André Maurois was a pseudonym that became his legal name in 1947.

André Maurois is very famous writer in Russia. Many of his books are translated to Russian.

During World War I he joined the French army and served as an interpreter and later a liaison officer to the British army. His first novel, Les silences du colonel Bramble, was a witty but socially realistic account of that experience. It was an immediate success in France. It was translated and also became popular in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries as The Silence of Colonel Bramble. Many of his other works have also been translated into English (mainly by Hamish Miles (1894–1937)), as they often dealt with British people or topics, such as his biographies of Disraeli, Byron, and Shelley.

During 1938 Maurois was elected to the prestigious Académie française. Maurois was encouraged and assisted in seeking this post by Marshal Philippe Pétain, and he made a point of acknowleging with thanks his debt to Pétain in his 1941 autobiography, Call no man happy - though by the time of writing, their paths had sharply diverged, Pétain having become Head of State of the Nazi-collaborationist Vichy France.

During World War II he served in the French army and the Free French Forces.

He died during 1967 after a long career as an author of novels, biographies, histories, children's books and science fiction stories. He is buried in the Neuilly-sur-Seine community cemetery near Paris.

Andre Maurois photos

12 Marcel Proust Portrait-Souvenir, J. De Lacretelle, Madame André Maurois 13

Madame André Maurois est d'une distinction que nous aurions fort grand peine à retrouver de nos jours parmi nos contemporains

Andre Maurois quotes

“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”

— Andre Maurois

“Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.”

— Andre Maurois

“Business is a combination of war and sport.”

— Andre Maurois

“Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.”

— Andre Maurois

“Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.”

— Andre Maurois

“The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.”

— Andre Maurois

“Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.”

— Andre Maurois

“People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.”

— Andre Maurois

“Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.”

— Andre Maurois

“If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.”

— Andre Maurois

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