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Romain Rolland The Man and His Work   By: (1881-1942)

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ROMAIN ROLLAND

[Illustration: Romain Rolland after a drawing by Granié (1909)]

ROMAIN ROLLAND

THE MAN AND HIS WORK

BY STEFAN ZWEIG

TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT BY EDEN and CEDAR PAUL

[Illustration]

NEW YORK THOMAS SELTZER 1921

Copyright, 1921, by THOMAS SELTZER, INC.

All rights reserved

PRINTED IN U. S. A.

Dedication

Not merely do I describe the work of a great European. Above all do I pay tribute to a personality, that of one who for me and for many others has loomed as the most impressive moral phenomenon of our age. Modelled upon his own biographies of classical figures, endeavouring to portray the greatness of an artist while never losing sight of the man or forgetting his influence upon the world of moral endeavour, conceived in this spirit, my book is likewise inspired with a sense of personal gratitude, in that, amid these days forlorn, it has been vouchsafed to me to know the miracle of so radiant an existence.

IN COMMEMORATION

of this uniqueness, I dedicate the book to those few who, in the hour of fiery trial, remained faithful to

ROMAIN ROLLAND

AND TO OUR BELOVED HOME OF

EUROPE

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PAGE DEDICATION

PART ONE: BIOGRAPHICAL

I. INTRODUCTORY 1

II. EARLY CHILDHOOD 3

III. SCHOOL DAYS 8

IV. THE NORMAL SCHOOL 12

V. A MESSAGE FROM AFAR 18

VI. ROME 23

VII. THE CONSECRATION 29

VIII. YEARS OF APPRENTICESHIP 32

IX. YEARS OF STRUGGLE 37

X. A DECADE OF SECLUSION 43

XI. A PORTRAIT 45

XII. RENOWN 48

XIII. ROLLAND AS THE EMBODIMENT OF THE EUROPEAN SPIRIT 52

PART TWO: EARLY WORK AS A DRAMATIST

I. THE WORK AND THE EPOCH 57

II. THE WILL TO GREATNESS 63

III. THE CREATIVE CYCLES 67

IV. THE UNKNOWN DRAMATIC CYCLE 71

V. THE TRAGEDIES OF FAITH. SAINT LOUIS, AËRT, 1895 1898 76

VI. SAINT LOUIS. 1894 80

VII. AËRT, 1898 83

VIII. ATTEMPT TO REGENERATE THE FRENCH STAGE 86

IX. AN APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE 90

X. THE PROGRAM 94

XI. THE CREATIVE ARTIST 98

XII. THE DRAMA OF THE REVOLUTION, 1898 1902 100

XIII. THE FOURTEENTH OF JULY, 1902 103

XIV. DANTON, 1900 106

XV. THE TRIUMPH OF REASON, 1899 110

XVI. THE WOLVES, 1898 113

XVII. THE CALL LOST IN THE VOID 117

XVIII. A DAY WILL COME, 1902 119

XIX. THE PLAYWRIGHT 123

PART THREE: THE HEROIC BIOGRAPHIES

I. DE PROFUNDIS 133

II. THE HEROES OF SUFFERING 137

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