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Aristide of Le Figaro

Author(s): Mary Munro-Hill

Book Description

Is it true that French people enjoy reading grammar articles over their coffee and croissants? Can matters of language really be so interesting and absorbing?

For thirty years, Aristide composed his Usage et grammaire and Divertissements grammaticaux for one of France’s foremost daily newspapers, Le Figaro. His fans avidly read his weekly chroniques de langue, corresponding with him and asking him questions, which he delighted in answering.

His linguistic writings, topical, witty and elegant, are both entertaining and instructive. This book on Aristide’s work will be appreciated by lovers of the French language the world over. Although written in English, it is peppered throughout with extracts from Aristide’s weekly rubriques.

Aristide stood in the long tradition of French grammarians, some purist and others relatively laxist. Bernard Pivot described him as one who was «sévère pour une faute de français, indulgent pour un français en faute».


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5615-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5615-0
Date of Publication: 01/05/2017
Pages / Size: 280 / A5
Price: £61.99


Mary Munro-Hill has BA degrees in Latin and French, an MA and a PhD in French, and degrees in Theology, a BD and an MTh. After retiring from a career of teaching languages and theology in universities, colleges and schools, she is now a Visiting Tutor in French Language at the University of Hull, UK, where she also served as a member of the Chaplaincy team from 2007 to 2013. Dr Munro-Hill is an organist and licensed lay minister (Reader) of long standing in the Church of England as well as an active Rotarian, having been President of the Rotary Club of Hull and the Rotary Club of Beverley.