Literature on the Age of Napoleon Website



Literature on the Age of Napoleon
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During the past two centuries, a vast amount of material has been written on Napoleon and the Napoleonic Era. Biographies and Histories of Napoleon aside, the keen interest in Napoleon the Man and the Myth has produced a diverse group of fiction, poetry, drama and films, ranging from entertaining adventure stories to tales of human frailty and morality by such authors as Balzac, Thackeray, Tolstoy, Hardy, Conrad, Doyle, Vigny, Stendhal, Ibsen and Puskin.

The Napoleonic Bibliographies located on this site focus on Napoleonic fiction, poetry, drama, essays and films, as well as Napoleonic Memoirs, Diaries and Correspondence, both Female and Male. One Bibliography Napoleonic Essays, History & Memoirs is focused on the existence of digital texts located on the Internet; the richest site for such material being John Schneider's Napoleonic Literature site and Gallica. Gaslight's Napoleonic Era Literature, a companion site to Literature on the Age of Napoleon, is part of an incredible collection of digital texts devoted to Gaslight Era mystery, adventure and weird fiction written between 1800 and 1919.

Digital Napoleonic texts will be added to this site periodically (see the New Listings page), adding to the Gaslight group of e-texts, along with links to other digital Napoleonic titles located elsewhere on the Internet.

New titles, additions, suggestions and/or corrections are especially welcome.

The Napoleonic Era has intrigued me for many years. As an Art Historian, specializing in the history of collecting and early 19th century painting sales, the Napoleonic Era provides a fascinating look at the massive movement of art from one country to another in a time of war and great upheaval across Europe. Napoleonic memoirs, correspondence and literature open a window into the past, providing an abundance of details, not only about military events, but also about daily life. Today, the interest in the era has not slackened histories, biographies and fiction continue to be written about the Napoleonic Era. The massive number of books written on the subject, as Arthur Conan Doyle said "bring home the impossibility of exhausting the subject, and the danger of losing one's self for years in a huge labyrinth of reading..." [Through the Magic Door, 1907].

I would like to acknowledge the invaluable assistance and suggestions from Stephen Davies, the Gaslight group, Frank Morlock, Cliff Goldfarb, and Diane van Poelgeest. A special thanks goes to John Schneider, for his encouragement and assistance, and to Rosemarie Duephans, for her assistance on the Female Napoleonic Memoirs.



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