Jacques de Lacretelle Collection
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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The French novelist Jacques de Lacretelle was born on July 14, 1888, in Cormatin, France, and died on Jan. 2, 1985, in Paris. Lacretelle wrote his first novel, La Vie Inquiète de Jean Hermelin (The Troubled Life of Jean Hermelin), an autobiographical novel of adolescence, in 1914, and it was published in 1920. Later, Lacretelle turned to short fiction and nonfiction, and wrote theater reviews for Nouvelle Revue Française. It was for the publication of Amour Nuptiale (A Man's Life) in 1929 that Lacretelle won the Prix du Roman of the French Academy. He was elected to the French Academy in 1936, the third member of his family to receive this honor.
The collection consists of four autograph manuscripts, in French, of two of Lacretelle's works, La Vie Inquiète de Jean Hermelin, his autobiographical novel, and "La Mort d'Hippolyte," a short story. The first manuscript is part of the final published version of what became La Vie Inquiète de Jean Hermelin. Written in black ink in a blue notebook labeled "Cahier 1," the manuscript is titled "Les Cahiers de Jean Hermelin " and signed "Jacques de Lacretelle, 1 rue de l'Alboni, Paris." The second manuscript continues "Les Cahiers de Jean Hermelin"; written in black and blue ink on unbound leaves in a folder marked "Suite du Cahier Bleu," it starts with chapter five and is signed by Lacretelle. Both contain holograph corrections and annotations by the author.
The third manuscript is for the short story "La Mort d'Hippolyte." It is written in black ink on both sides of unnumbered leaves (19) in a thin paper folder labeled "Manuscrit et Plan du Double Rival ou La Mort d'Hippolyte"; it is signed and dated "Versailles, décembre 1920." The fourth manuscript is also written on unnumbered leaves (37) in a thin paper folder marked "Manuscrit de la Mort d'Hippolyte"; it is signed and dated "Paris, janvier 1923." Both contain holograph corrections and annotations by the author.
Arranged by manuscript title.
This collection was processed by Dina Britain on June 2, 2006. Finding aid written by Dina Britain on June 2, 2006. Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 in 2012.
No appraisal information is available.
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The collection is open for research.
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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.