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Our Masterpiece Is the Private Life: In Pursuit of the “Real” Chateaubriand

- October 9, 2019 in Alphonse de Lamartine, chateaubriand, France, François-René de Chateaubriand, Madame Récamier, Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe, Memoirs From Beyond the Grave, Victor Hugo

While nowadays he might be best known for the cut of meat that bears his name, François-René de Chateaubriand was once one of the most famous men in France — a giant of the literary scene and idolised by such future greats as Alphonse de Lamartine and Victor Hugo. Alex Andriesse explores Chateaubriand's celebrity and the glimpse behind the public mask we are given in his epic autobiography Memoirs From Beyond the Grave.