Nogaret’s “French Frankenstein” in my words at the British Library (?) and book now for sale!?!

Update on the original reason I launched this blog: to study revolutions in fiction. I discovered two items of interest yesterday and today:

  1. One can now purchase a copy of Le Miroir des événemens actuels (1790) by François-Félix Nogaret (1740-1831).  This is the little-known, complicated allegory by Nogaret, the book I call “Le Frankenstein français” in my 2016 book (Douthwaite Le Frankenstein fr Classiques Garnier) and its English original, The Frankenstein of 1790 and other Lost Chapters from Revolutionary France (University of Chicago press, 2012).  I wonder what gave rise to this new edition and who is “editing” the work?  As far as I know, I’m the only expert on this title by Nogaret (or anything at all by Nogaret!). That is to say, I’m the only person who has bothered (like Sartre’s anti-hero Roquentin in La Nausée), to ponder laboriously through the life’s work of this little-known socialite/ poet /erotic satirist of the late old regime, who published his last title at age 89.  Fyi: the novella has been available for a while, already, thanks to the Princeton University Library Rare Books (but good luck finding it! I just tried and could not).  For eager book-buyers, I pasted the listing below. Thanks to Abebooks for never giving up the search, and finding what I sought, six years later!
  2. More troubling was the discovery I made just minutes ago. While searching around for that new edition of Nogaret’s Le Miroir, I found this listing at the British Library: https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/french-gothic-novel-the-mirror-of-true-events#  .  I should be flattered, I suppose, to see my work reprinted by such an esteemed institution. And I will be honored, once they insert the correct attribution. Right now, however, it appears that all those long dusty boring hours were for nothing. How did my work become public domain so quickly?

 

Ad for new edition of Nogaret’s book:

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Votre demande : Auteur : Francois-Felix NOGARET | Titre : Le Miroir des evenemens actuels, ou la Belle au plus offrant | Date de Publication : 1790 – | Prix : 1 – 300
Miroir des evenemens actuels, ou la Belle au plus offrant, histoire a deux visages.

Nogaret, Francois-Felix (1740-1831).

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ReInk Books, 2014, Paperback, Reprinted from 1790 edition. NO changes have been made to the original text. This important reprint is, processed carefully, SEWN perfect bound, where the bookblock is actually sewn (smythe sewn/section sewn) with thread before binding … (En savoir plus)

Prix : EUR 8,90

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Miroir des evenemens actuels, ou la Belle au plus offrant, histoire a deux visages.

Nogaret, Francois-Felix (1740-1831).

Vendeur S N Books World–WORLDWIDE FREE SHIPPING (Delhi, India)

ReInk Books, 2014, Hardback, Reprinted from 1790 edition. Hardback. NO changes have been made to the original text. Illustrations, Index, if any, are included in black and white. Each page is checked manually before printing. Fold-outs, if any, are not part of the b… (En savoir plus)

Prix : EUR 12,69

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