French historian, was
See also:born at
See also:Paris on the 8th of
See also:March 1847 . His
See also:Francis Masson, a
See also:solicitor, was killed on the 23rd of
See also:June 1848, when major in the garde nationale .
See also:Young Masson was educated at the
See also:college of Sainte Barbe, and at the lycee
See also:Grand, and then travelled in Germany and in England; from 1869 to 188o he was librarian at the
See also:Office . At first he devoted himself to the
See also:history of
See also:diplomacy, and published between 1877 and 1884 several volumes connected with that subject . Later he published a number of more or less curious
See also:memoirs illustrating the history of the Revolution and of the
See also:empire . But he is best known for his books connected with
See also:Napoleon . In Napoleon inconnu (1895), Masson, together with M . Guido Biagi, brought out the unpublished writings (1786–1793) of the future emperor . These were notes, extracts from
See also:historical, philosophical and
See also:literary books, and
See also:personal reflections in which one can
See also:watch the growth of the ideas later carried out by the emperor with modifications necessitated by the force of circumstances and his own
See also:genius . But this was only one in a remarkable series: Josephine de Beauharnais, 1763–1796 (1898) ; Josephine, imperatrice et
See also:rein (1899) ; Josephine repudiee 1809–1814 (1901) ; L'Imperatrice
See also:Marie Louise (1902); Napoleon et
See also:les femmes (1894); Napoleon et sa
See also:famine (9 vols., 1897–1907); Napoleon et son fits (19o4); and Autour de l'Ple d'Elbe (1908) . These
See also:works abound in details and amusing anecdotes, which throw much
See also:light on the events and men of the
See also:time, laying stress on the personal, romantic and dramatic aspects of history . The author was made a member of the Academie francaise in 1903 .
From 1886 to 1889 he edited thereview Arts and Letters, published in
See also:London and New
See also:York . A bibliography of his works, including
See also:anonymous ones and those under an assumed name, has been published by G . Vicaire (
See also:Manuel de l'
See also:des livres du XIX' siecle, tome v., 1904) . Napoleon et les femmes has been translated into
See also:English as Napoleon and the
See also:Fair Sex (1894) .
DAVID MASSON (1822–1907)
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