Mémoires d'Outre-Tombe, Tome I

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Published: 1904
Language: French
Wordcount: 181,455 / 630 pg
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 1,328
Added to site: 2006.07.19
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s souscripteurs étant morts, un certain nombre d'actions ayant changé de mains, la société écouta la proposition du directeur de la Presse, M. Émile de Girardin. Il offrait de verser immédiatement une somme de 80,000 francs, si on voulait lui céder le droit, à la mort de Chateaubriand et avant la mise en vente du livre, de faire paraître les Mémoires d'Outre-tombe dans le feuilleton de son journal. Le marché fut conclu. Chateaubriand, dès qu'il en fut instruit, ne cacha point son indignation. «Je suis maître de mes cendres, dit-il, et je ne permettrai jamais qu'on les jette au vent[6].» Il fit insérer dans les journaux la déclaration suivante:

Fatigué des bruits qui ne peuvent m'atteindre, mais qui m'importunent, il m'est utile de répéter que je suis resté tel que j'étais lorsque, le 25 mars de l'année 1836, j'ai sign&eacut

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