Napoleon

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It isn’t only us everyday folk who hope to publish books. Even Napoleon wanted to as seen by this article from Paris. (I don’t know why, but I can picture Sarkosy doing this too.)

PARIS (Dec. 2) – A single manuscript page from a love story written by Napoleon Bonaparte sold at auction in France on Sunday for $35,400, an auction house said.

The item up for sale was the first page of the final draft of Napoleon’s 1795 short novel “Clisson and Eugenie,” said the Osenat auction house, based in Fontainebleau outside Paris.The page had been part of a private French family collection. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.

The novel, never published in Napoleon’s lifetime, was loosely based on the author’s brief romance with Desiree Clary, the sister of his brother’s wife.

Scholars only realized the page’s significance recently. It was long believed to be a page from a text Napoleon wrote about a historical figure named Clissot until Peter Hicks, a historian at the Fondation Napoleon, realized it was the beginning of his novel.

Part of the confusion was Napoleon’s messy writing.

“Clisson and Eugenie,” only 22 pages in its original handwritten form, was written when Napoleon was a 26-year-old general. Afterward, Napoleon turned his attention to political matters.
The page had been part of a private French family collection. The identity of the buyer was not disclosed.

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4 thoughts to “Napoleon”

  1. Linda, I was so excited to see this…I have long loved the story of Desiree Clary and have read the novel, “Desiree” by AnneMarie Selinko, multiple times. The first time I read it I was in my early teens and my mother gave it to me because she had loved the book so much.

    J

  2. I really love that shot of the Dome church of Invalides! It’s such a brilliant architecture, ain’t it? And of course it complements the legendary man who’s interred underneath that guilded dome perfectly!

  3. Awwww, poor Napoleon….his writing finally gets published and he’s not even here to celebrate! And imagine all that money for ONE page!

  4. At first when I was reading it, I thought that it didn’t go for alot of money, but then I read Terri’s reply and yes, when you think for just ONE page, it puts it in perspective!

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