September 12, 2008

Suares, an author in the shadow

Admired by his peers André Gide, Paul Valery and Paul Claudel, with whom he founded the Nouvelle Revue Française, influential model for Alain-Fournier or Stefan Zweig, Suarès remained in the shadow of his contemporaries despite a provided work. Were published not less than eighty books during his lifetime and thirty posthumous works. Collection of poems (Airs, Bouclier du Zodiaque), biographies devoted, among others, to Tolstoy, Ibsen, Baudelaire, Napoleon, travel journals including Le Voyage du Condottiere, essential reference on Italy, studies on great musicians as Bach, Wagner and Debussy, tragedies inspired by ancient authors, thoughts and aphorisms as Voici l'Homme, pamphlets with Vues d'Europe in which he denounced in 1933 the dangers of Nazism ...
Suarès is a prolific author who has dealt with disparate areas. Perhaps it is this variety which has troubled his image among the general public and impaired a visibility he deserves.
(sources : wikipedia, msn encarta).

"Suarès died destitute and forgotten, after writing on Retz, Tolstoy, Napoleon, in a incomparable way, which proves a breathing equal to that of genius".
Roger Nimier in L'élève d'Aristote (Paris, Gallimard, 1981)

Currently, the librairie Loliée offers :
- Suarès(André). Airs. V livres de poèmes. Paris, Mercure de France, 1900, in-12. First Edition.
- Suarès(André). Lais et Sônes. Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Occident, 1909, in-12.
First Edition. One of the 133 copies on Arches paper.
Suarès(André). Xénies. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1923, in-12.
First Edition. One of the 15 copies on Japan paper.
Suarès(André). Poète tragique. Paris, Émile-Paul Frères, 1923, in-12.
First Edition. Copy on Lafuma paper with a hand-written dedication.
Essay on
Shakespeare's Prospero.
Suarès(André). Présences. Paris, Emile-Paul Frères, 1926, in-12, bounded. First Edition. One of the 100 copies on Dutch paper.