Landmarks: Le Grand Meaulnes
A Landmark edition in which Anne McElvoy and guests look at Alain-Fournier's celebrated and nostalgic tale of adolescent romance, Le Grand Meaulnes.
For a century France's most popular novel in the English speaking world has haunted the edges of fiction. F. Scott Fitzgerald possibly borrowed its title for "The Great Gatsby" Henry Miller venerated its hero;John Fowles claimed it informed everything he wrote.
Anne McElvoy examines its enduring appeal and legacy from the poetry of its language, to the interlocking mysteries of its plot to the intriguing romantic life and early death of its author, and the story of the woman who inspired him.
Producer Estelle Doyle.
Le Grand Meaulnes
The Lost Estate (Le Grand Meaulnes) written by Henri Alain-Fournier with an introduction by Adam Gopnik and translated by Robin Buss is published by Penguin Classics.