Alphonse de Lamartine

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Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine (Maçon, France 1790 - Paris 1869) French writer, poet, historian and Politician.

Meditations, poetiques et religieuses, published in 1820, was his first book. In 1835 he published the "Voyage en Orient". His greatest prose work, the Histoire des Girondins, was published in 1847. In 1860 he supervised an elaborate edition of his own works in forty-one volumes.

The best thing that Lamartine ever did, is the famous Lac, describing his return to the little mountain tarn of Le Bourget after the death of his mistress, with whom he had visited it in other days. The verse is exquisitely harmonious, the sentiments conventional but refined and delicate, the imagery well chosen and gracefully expressed. NNDB

"at every period he loved to see the Creator through the transparent veil of the creature and to sing to Him hymns of adoration."

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