Excerpt from The French Miracle and French Civilisation: Two Essays
Victor Giraud, the author of the two essays contained in this volume, was born November 26, 1868, at Macon, France, famous as the birthplace of Lamartine, the kindly, friendly, human author of the Meditations, the vigorous and patriotic exponent of liberalism, the poet-statesman of the Republic of 1848. It was at the Lycee Lamartine in his native town that Victor Giraud spent his youthful years of study preparatory to going to Paris, where he later entered the famous Lycee Henri IV. In the early nineties he was a pupil at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, that justly renowned institution on the Rue d'Ulm wherein the intellectual elite of each generation is trained under the best of masters as scholars and cultivated men, for their life work as teachers and guides to the youth of the nation in the Lycces and Universities. Here he came under the happy influence of the great Bruncticre "who, confronted by a type of criticism too exclusively philological or too minute, maintained the inalienable rights which may be justly claimed by ideas and intelligence." Bruncticre was his master and friend whose secret wish was that some day his pupil might write "the history of his thought and writings."
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