Paul Stapfer

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Paul Stapfer (1840–1917) was a French essayist, born in Paris, and educated at the Bonaparte Lyceum. After serving as tutor in the family of François Guizot, he became a professor at Grenoble. In 1883, he accepted a similar professorship at Bordeaux. Stapfer's essays are remarkable for their clarity of style, perfection of finish and accuracy of detail. He edited the Grands écrivains series. Among his works are:

  • Petite comédie de la critique littéraire de Molière selon les trois écoles philosophiques (1866)
  • Causeries guernesiaises (1881)
  • Shakespeare et l'antiquité (1883), which revealed to anti-Stratfordians the depth of its subject's knowledge of Latin and his formidable acquaintance with Greek.
  • Goethe et ses deux chefs-d'œuvre classiques (1881)
  • Racine et Victor Hugo (1886)
  • Rabelais, sa personne, son génie, son œuvre (1889)
  • Montaigne (1894)
  • La grande prédication chrétienne en France: Bossuet, Adolphe Monod (1898)
  • Des réputations littéraires and Victor Hugo et la grande poésie satirique en France (1901)
  • Questions esthétiques et religieuses (1906)
  • Vers la vérité (1909)