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ULTRAGOTHA
04-07-2012, 07:31 PM
I have a scene set in January of 1810 in London where a brother has filched one of his sister's French novels from its secret hiding place and is reading it aloud to their youngest brother as a "French lesson" complete with over-dramatic gestures and falsetto voice. It's meant to be a humorous scene.

I've looked around on the web to find an appropriately garish overblown French novel from the late 18th or early 19th century, preferably in English translation; but my Google-fu has failed.

Does anyone know of an appropriate book? Or even a scene or two?

I'm willing to make it up but I'd rather use a real one.

Thanks!

ios
04-07-2012, 09:19 PM
I've looked around on the web to find an appropriately garish overblown French novel from the late 18th or early 19th century, preferably in English translation; but my Google-fu has failed.


Don't know of one offhand, but while I was looking for Regency era fiction, I stumbled across a resource. I'm pretty sure it covers more than just British fiction, and if you click on individual years it will pop up more authors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_years_in_literature

And I found some more French specific ones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_literature_of_the_19th_century
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/18th-century_French_literature


Maybe it will give you a starting place.

Jodi

mtrenteseau
04-08-2012, 07:18 AM
Digging into the links above I found a lot of Romantic writers who were later than your scene (Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas were both under ten years old at the time), but I came across François Guillaume Ducray-Duminil, whose book Victor, a Child of the Forest sounds like it might be a good fit.

My first thought was the set of English novels called the Northanger Gothics - seven Gothic romances written in the late 18th century that were mentioned in Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, where the two main female characters discuss their love of such books.

ULTRAGOTHA
04-09-2012, 02:56 AM
Thanks for the help! I hadn't seen that first wiki link. I shall go off and see if I can find a suitable scene.

If anyone else has an idea, I'm still interested!