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Un compte rendu des Finch


Sir Walter Finch et son fils William, Isabelle de Charrière’s last novel, was published posthumously in 1806 and got hardly any attention in contemporary journals and newspapers. Up till now the only known review was that published in the Journal des Luxus und der Moden of December 1806. However, it looks as if the anonymous journalist was influenced by a much longer article, written in French, which in October that year appeared in La Revue philosophique, littéraire et politique. In our paper we present and transcribe that article, whose author was clearly in two minds about the book: appreciative of its naturalness, its lack of sophistication and its originality, but puzzled by its brevity and the absence of a conclusion.

SvD, January 2014

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