Lamartine, Alphonse de (1790-1869).

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1790-10-21
Death 1869-02-28
French
French

Biographical notes:

Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869) was born in Mâcon, France into the aristocracy. His father was imprisoned during the French Revolution but escaped the guillotine. After briefly serving in the military, Lamartine joined the diplomatic corps as secretary to the French embassy at Naples. His first colletion of poetry, Méditations poétiques was published in 1820, establishing him as one of the key figures in the Romantic movement in French literature. Lamartine entered politics and was elected to the the National Assembly in 1848 only to be thrown out when the Bourgeoisie discovered he was acting as a spokesman for the working class. After leaving politics, Lamartine published several poetry collections and historical works. He died in Paris.

From the description of Alphonse de Lamartine papers, 1713-1890. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612697106

French poet and statesman.

From the description of Du droit au travail et de l'organisation du travail : [France], 1844. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79158993

From the description of Du droit au travail et de l'organisation du travail : [France], 1844. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702147136

French poet, orator, historian.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to M. Fleury, [1858? juin 20]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270597426

Poet-statesman, key figure in the French Romantic movement.

From the description of Alphonse de Lamartine letter, 1862 May 10. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 64068361

French poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Mme. Gath de Gamoud , 1847 Jan 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270597033

From the description of Jocelyn : [Paris] : autograph manuscript with some emendations and corrections, [ca. 1836]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270598962

From the description of La mort du Duc d'Enghien : Paris, to Mme. d'Arçon-Brenez : autograph manuscript of the poem as contained in his letter, 1817 May 3. (Morgan Library & Museum). WorldCat record id: 78866665

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to an unidentified recipient, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270846337

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to an unidentified recipient, 1857 Dec. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 660815657

From the description of Vieux troubadour, dis à Palmyre : [n.p.], to M. [Joseph] Droz : autograph poem signed, 1841 Aug. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270599291

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to an unidentified recipient, 1862 Jan. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270597038

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to Mme. d'Arçon-Brenez, 1817 May 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270597031

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Paris], to an unidentified correspondent, 1849 July 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270596920

From the description of Voyage en Orient, 1832-1834 : autograph manuscript, 1835. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270599300

From the description of A M. Charles Nodier de la part de l'auteur son admirateur et son ami : St. Point : autograph poem signed, 1823 Dec. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270595327

From the description of Autograph letter in third person : Paris, to an unidentified correspondent, 1864 Dec. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270595376

From the description of Autograph letter signed : St. Point, to Ferdinand François, 1852 Sept. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270597292

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Paris], to [Florentin] Le Fils of Abbeville, [1858] Dec. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270596922

From the description of Discours de Lamartine sur les enfants trouvés (30 avril 1838) prononcé à la Société de la morale chrétienne : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript signed, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270598812

Alphonse de Lamartine (1790-1869) was born in Mâcon, France into the aristocracy. His father was imprisoned during the French Revolution but escaped the guillotine. After briefly serving in the military, Lamartine joined the diplomatic corps as secretary to the French embassy at Naples. His first collection of poetry, Méditations poétiques, was published in 1820, establishing him as one of the key figures in the Romantic movement in French literature. Lamartine entered politics and was elected to the National Assembly in 1848 only to be thrown out when the Bourgeoisie discovered he was acting as a spokesman for the working class. After leaving politics, Lamartine published several poetry collections and historical works. He died in Paris.

From the guide to the Alphonse de Lamartine papers, 1713-1890., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Alphonse de Lamartine was a French writer and politician. He is perhaps best remembered as one of the first poets to flourish as part of the French Romantic movement. His contribution to Romanticism was mitigated by his often unpopular political sentiments, and his influence on 20th century poets and poetry is affected as a result.

From the description of Alphonse de Lamartine letter, early 19th century. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 52615730

Alphonse de Lamartine was a French poet, novelist, and travel writer.

From the description of Alphonse de Lamartine letter, Paris, to Monsieur et ami, 1863 December 7. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 40804524

French author and poet.

From the description of Papers, 1836-1869. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 32452519

Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine (1790-1869) was a French writer, poet and politician.

  • 1790 Oct 21: Born at Mâcon to a Royalist family.
  • 1794: The Lamartine household moves to Milly.
  • 1803 - 1807 : He attends school at the Jesuit college at Belley.
  • 1811: Travel in Italy.
  • 1812: Returns to France.
  • 1814: Enters the Gardes du Corps.
  • 1815: In Switzerland during the Hundred Days.
  • 1817: Returns to Paris from the country and becomes active in society.
  • 1818 - 1819 : Revisits Italy, Switzerland, and Savoy.
  • 1820: Les Méditations poétiques, his first published book. Marries Maria Anna Eliza Birch, an Englishwoman.
  • 1820 - 1821 : At Naples; he remained in diplomatic service until 1829.
  • 1821: Birth of Valentine de Cessiat, to whom Lamartine wrote most of the letters in this collection.
  • 1822: Visits England.
  • 1823: Les Nouvelles méditations published.
  • 1825 - 1828 : In Florence as legation secretary.
  • 1829: Elected to the Académie Française.
  • 1830: Having given up his diplomatic career, he takes an active interest in politics after the Revolution of 1830.
  • 1832: Travels in Greece, Syria, and Palestine. The Lamartines' only surviving child, Julia, dies at Beirut.
  • 1833: Elected a deputy to the national assembly, where he gained a reputation as an orator.
  • 1836: The narrative poem Jocelyn published.
  • 1838: La Chute d'un ange published.
  • 1839: The publication of Les Recueillements poétiques marks the virtual end of his poetic output.
  • 1847: Histoire des Girondins.
  • 1848 Feb: In the Revolution of 1848 he becomes an important national figure as the minister of foreign affairs, as the effective head of the provisional government, and as one of five members of the Executive Committee.
  • 1848 Dec: Loses as a candidate for the presidency of the Republic.
  • 1849: Le Conseiller du peuple begins publication. Les Confidences and Histoire de la Révolution de 1848 are published.
  • 1851 Dec: Retires from public life after the coup d'état of Louis-Napoleon.
  • 1850s - 1860s : In his last years, having incurred great debts during his political career, he attempts to restore his finances through the writing of many volumes of history and biography.
  • 1863: Maria Anna Eliza Lamartine dies.
  • 1867: The Assembly votes Lamartine a subsidy.
  • 1867 Sep?: Lamartine probably marries Valentine de Cessiat, one of the daughters of his sister Cécile.
  • 1869 Feb 28: Dies at Paris.

From the guide to the Alphonse de Lamartine Collection, 1829-1867, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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Subjects:

  • Labor and laboring classes
  • Working class
  • French literature--19th century
  • Poets, French
  • French poetry--19th century
  • Labor movement
  • Authors, French
  • Literature--French
  • Poets, French--19th century--Correspondence
  • Authors, French--Correspondence

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  • Authors
  • Poets

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  • France (as recorded)
  • France (as recorded)