Lot 293: Romanian philosopher and essayist (1911-1995) who was awarded the prestigious Rivarol Prize in 1950 for his first French book, A Short History of Decay. Two ALSs signed "E.," each one page, 8.25 x 11.75, dated August 23, 1973, and August 8, 1982. Letters to Jean Lessay. The 1982 letter, in part (translated): "Me too, I hate Bony [nickname for Bonaparte], as the English had him, and it has even happened to me to write that the Retour des Cendres [Return of the Ashes] disqualifies the Grande Nation (the Germans believe that this designation is still common in France). Still, when I was young and even later, I liked the monster's excesses and I hated Maurras for having dubbed him 'our biggest wog.'-In the memoirs it is the pages about Combourg, Lucile and, later, about Madame Beaumont that I found particularly challenging. The first thing I will do when I will be back at Rome this autumn is to place a bouquet of flowers on the grave of the lady who survived her family's destruction and who was fervently admired by the most delicate spirit of the time. The story of the tennis player reading my book appears a most simple one: this is the journalist who wanted to compromise me." In overall fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Cioran's own hand, incorporating his surname in the return address on the reverse of the flap. Cioran references the 'retour des cendres,' the return of Napoleon Bonaparte's remains to France from the island of St. Helena in 1840. He was deeply interested in history, a theme which recurs in his writing.
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