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WITH MAP, INTRODUCTION
REV. A. C. CLAPIN, M.A.
ST JOHN'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, AND BACHELIER-ÈS-LETTRES OF
EDITED FOR THE SYNDICS OF THE univerSITY PRESS
AT THE UNIVERSITY PRESS.
London: C. J. CLAY, M.A. & SON,
[All Rights reserved.]
NOTICE ON ERCKMANN-CHATRIAN.
THIS double name is associated with the joint authorship of many popular French stories of rustic, domestic, and military life, all of which have found favour with thousands of readers throughout Europe, but none more so than the present work, La Guerre.
Emile Erckmann and Alexandre Chatrian have been united in literary partnership since 1847. The former was born in 1822, at Phalsbourg, the latter in 1826, at Aberschwiller, both places in what was then the French department of the Meurthe, but in the province of Alsace, which has passed from France to Germany by the result of the war of 1870 and 1871. Erckmann was the son of a bookseller in his little native town, but came to Paris as a law-student. In 1847 he made the literary alliance with Chatrian, who was an usher in the town school or college of Phalsbourg. They first wrote tales and sketches for the provincial journals, but this work paid them so badly that Erckmann soon returned to his law. studies, while Chatrian got a clerk's post in the