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Miss Preston's translations. Memoirs of Madame Desbordes—Valmore.By the late C. A. Sainte-Beuve. With a Selection from her Poems. One volume. 16mo. Price $1.50.
There was something feminine in Sainte-Beuve's genius, which made him angularly successful in penetrating into the souls of women,--a combination of instinct and insight which few women, perhaps, have shown in the tolerant interptetation of each other's souls. . . . He called her ‘the most courageous, tender, and compassionate of feminine souls, she whom I do not hesitate to call the Mater Dolorosa of poetry.’ Miss Preston, the translator of the ‘Memoirs,’ is already well known for her version of ‘Portraits de Femmes;’ and this second attempt to introduce Sainte-Beuve to a wide circle of American readers promises to be even more popular than the first. From the Globe.
Sainte-Beuve speaks of Madame Valmore as the most courageous, tender, and compassionate of female souls,—whom he does not hesitate to call the Mater Dolorosa of poetry. Early left an orphan by the death of her mother, she sought a livelihood is an actress. But at twenty, she says, her private griefs compelled her to give up singing, ‘for the sound of my own voice made me weep.’ So music turned to poetry within her. Possessed of an exquisite tenderness of spirit, her heart was fitted for the extremes of delight and sadness. As Michelet remarked, she alone among them had the ‘gift of tears.’ Deeply interesting as her life is, there was, of course, something morbid about it,—something which this sketchy Memoir does not explain. Such lives cannot be understood without first under— standing intimately the profound unrest and turbulence of French society in those revolutionary times during which her lot was cast. There are just enough points of resemblance between her career and that of the Cary sisters to give interest and instructiveness to the contrasts between them. The translator, Miss Preston has again shown the fine skill which she has for such work. From the Cicago Advance.
This volume is but another example of Miss Preston's remarkable ability as a translator. She has already done work in this department of literary effort which entitles her to the cordial thanks of all who appreciate the value of faithful and spirited translations. . . . The work now before us is the record of a life which was rich in qualities appealing to our deepest sympathies. It was an unselfish life, whose tenderness and beauty shone through all vicissitudes, and brightened every dark hour. The story of Madame Desbordes-Valmore is but another illustration of gentleness patiently enduring tile hardest shocks of privation and suffering; of nobility of nature asserting itself above the trials of poverty and physical pain . . . . Of the manner in which tills beautiful character has been presented, we cannot speak with too high praise. It is impossible not to recognize the finest qualities of mind and heart in the entire work. Fulness and delicacy of appreciation an united with the finest critical perception. It is a truly admirable biography, and could only have proceteded from a high-minded and rarely gifted man. From Church and State.Sold everywhere. Mailed, postpaid, by the Publishers, Roberts Brothers, Boston.