The Role of Women in Loti’s Life

  • Irene L. Szyliowicz


Loti’s life and his writings are intimately connected. His fiction and non-fiction are based on actual experience, and his extensive use of the first person heightens the autobiographical quality of his work. From the time he was very young he kept a diary, and the notes he made or the actual entries he recorded served as the basis for most of his published work. On the whole, his style is impressionistic: he recorded feelings about experiences as they occurred, and he either embroidered upon them or transferred them in toto to the new text. Sometimes entire passages were transcribed directly from the journal into his novels, with very little revision.1 As a result, Loti’s fiction has a striking feel of immediacy. He skilfully evoked the atmosphere of the places he describes. Bathing exotic spots in a spirit of nostalgia, he prompted romantic associations that proved most appealing to his readers.


Love Affair Entire Passage Religious Atmosphere Homosexual Tendency Travel Literature 
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Notes to Chapter 2: The Role Of Women In Loti’s Life

  1. 1.
    See Raymonde Lefèvre, Le Mariage de Loti ( Paris: Société Française d’Editions Littéraires et Techniques, 1935 )Google Scholar
  2. 7.
    Pierre Loti, ‘Vacances de Pâques’, Figures et choses qui passaient ( Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1898 ).Google Scholar
  3. 11.
    G. Taboulet and J. C. Demariaux, La Vie dramatique de Gustave Viaud (n.p.: Edition du Scorpion, 1963 ) p. 269;Google Scholar
  4. 30.
    Pierre Loti, Lettres à Mme Juliette Adam ( 1880–1922) (Paris: Plon, Nourrit, 1924 ) p. 50.Google Scholar
  5. 37.
    Pierre Loti, The Marriage of Loti, trs. Wright and Eleanor Frierson (Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1976 ) Introduction, p. xv.Google Scholar
  6. 40.
    Henri Borgeaud, ‘Julien Viaud et son pseudonyme Pierre Loti’, Cahiers Pierre Loti (November 1958) pp. 29–30.Google Scholar
  7. 46.
    Cornelia Otis Skinner, Madame Sarah ( Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 1967 ) p. 298.Google Scholar

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© Irene L. Szyliowicz 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene L. Szyliowicz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DenverUSA

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