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A Romance of Youth   By: (1842-1908)

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A Romance of Youth by François Coppée is an enchanting tale that effortlessly captures the essence of young love and the transformative power it holds. Set in the bustling streets of Paris during the 19th century, this novel introduces readers to the protagonist, Lucien, a bright and ambitious young man who dreams of a future filled with love and success.

Coppée's writing style is elegant and rich, painting vivid images of the city that becomes a character in itself. Through his words, the reader is transported through the winding streets, eclectic cafes, and charming neighborhoods of Paris, creating an immersive experience that adds depth and authenticity to the story.

The heart of the narrative lies in Lucien's journey as he navigates the complexities of ambition and desire, ultimately discovering himself and his place in the world. As he becomes entangled in a whirlwind romance with the captivating Odette, their love story unfolds against the colorful backdrop of a vibrant city in its prime.

Coppée masterfully delves into the intricacies of love, exploring its different facets and portraying the tumultuous emotions experienced by the characters. The author's understanding of human psychology shines through the pages, allowing readers to empathize deeply with the protagonists as they grapple with passion, heartbreak, and self-discovery.

What sets A Romance of Youth apart is its ability to resonate with readers, irrespective of time and place. Though set in a specific period, the universal themes of love, ambition, and self-realization make this novel a timeless treasure. Coppée's narrative, while written in the past, transcends its era, leaving a lasting impact on anyone who delves into its pages.

The strength of the novel lies not only in the charming tale of romance but also in the profound messages it imparts. The story serves as a gentle reminder to cherish the vibrant energy of youth, to embrace love wholeheartedly, and to have the courage to pursue one's dreams against all odds.

A Romance of Youth is a captivating masterpiece that effortlessly evokes a sense of nostalgia, while simultaneously igniting a fervor for life and love. François Coppée's lyrical prose and emotive storytelling make this novel an absolute delight to read, ensuring its place among the classics of romance literature. It is a heartfelt exploration of the human spirit, reminding readers of the beauty and complexity that lies within our yearning hearts.

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By Francois Coppee

With a Preface by JOSE DE HEREDIA, of the French Academy


FRANCOIS EDOUARD JOACHIM COPPEE was born in Paris, January 12, 1842. His father was a minor 'employe' in the French War Office; and, as the family consisted of six the parents, three daughters, and a son (the subject of this essay) the early years of the poet were not spent in great luxury. After the father's death, the young man himself entered the governmental office with its monotonous work. In the evening he studied hard at St. Genevieve Library. He made rhymes, had them even printed (Le Reliquaire, 1866); but the public remained indifferent until 1869, when his comedy in verse, 'Le Passant', appeared. From this period dates the reputation of Coppee he woke up one morning a "celebrated man."

Like many of his countrymen, he is a poet, a dramatist, a novelist, and a writer of fiction. He was elected to the French Academy in 1884. Smooth shaven, of placid figure, with pensive eyes, the hair brushed back regularly, the head of an artist, Coppee can be seen any day looking over the display of the Parisian secondhand booksellers on the Quai Malaquais; at home on the writing desk, a page of carefully prepared manuscript, yet sometimes covered by cigarette ashes; upon the wall, sketches by Jules Lefebvre and Jules Breton; a little in the distance, the gaunt form of his attentive sister and companion, Annette, occupied with household cares, ever fearful of disturbing him... Continue reading book >>

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