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French writer and one of the precursors of Romanticism. Best known for his Atala (1801), René (1805), Les Natchez (1826) and his autobiography Mémoires d'outre-tombe (1849-50). There are some 300 catalogued volumes in the General Rare Books Collection (Ex), to which additions are being made. A major portion of the collection was bought from Professor Gilbert Chinard in 1963.