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Pascal Paoli a Maria Cosway: lettres et documents, 1782-1803
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Pascal Paoli a Maria Cosway: lettres et documents, 1782-1803 (Hardback)

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Le fonds documentaire qui est a la source de cet ouvrage est conserve dans le Fondazione Maria Cosway a Lodi, en Italie. Il comprend essentiellement un corpus de cent vingt-trois lettres et billets datant de 1782 a 1803, qui constitue la correspondance active du chef corse Pascal Paoli (1725-1807) a Maria Cosway (1760-1838), l'epouse du celebre peintre miniaturiste Richard Cosway. Chaque document, dont l'original est en italien, est retranscrit, traduit et annote; l'edition comporte en outre une chronologie historique, une chronologie des lettres et un index.



Cette correspondance eclaire sous un jour nouveau la biographie de Pascal Paoli au temps de son sejour en Angleterre, periode qui constituait une lacune importante dans ce domaine. Elle precise la nature des liens entre le chef corse et la famille Bonaparte. Envers sa correspondante, l'auteur se revele malicieux, spirituel, affectueusement ironique, moralisateur, ferme sur le decorum qu'il croit devoir maintenir, mais aussi traverse parfois par le doute, la tristesse et le decouragement, voire l'angoisse metaphysique. Le portrait moral qui en ressort est celui d'un personnage amateur de litterature, de peinture et de musique, plus sensible, plus vivant, moins fige que l'image litteraire heroisee et `monumentale' du `champion de la liberte' que James Boswell a laisse a la posterite dans son Account of Corsica and Memoirs of Pascal Paoli.



On percoit aussi la riche et attachante personnalite de la destinaire de ces lettres. Le seul fait que Maria Cosway ait eu le souci de conserver ces documents temoigne moins de sa vanite que de son intelligence. Un autre interet, et non des moindres, est la toile de fond, esquissee par les nombreuses allusions a la pleiade de celebrites du monde des lettres et des arts que Paoli cotoyait. Cette evocation illustre a quel point Londres etait alors un ardent et brillant foyer de culture.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 Publisher: Liverpool University Press Publication Date: 01/06/2003 ISBN-13: 9780729408189  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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