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Auteur et éditeur au prisme de contraintes et d'affinités : Pierre-Henri Simon, le roman et les Éditions du Seuil

Hervé Serry 1
1 CSU - Cultures et sociétés urbaines
CRESPPA - Centre de recherches sociologiques et politiques de Paris
Abstract : Authors and publishers face numerous challenges when in comes to literary creation as well as the distribution of the works. With the resources available, be they social, cultural, political or financial, both author and publisher conceive ways to launch the work. The case of the association between Pierre-Henri Simon, an author who found inspiration in traditional subjects, and the Éditions du Seuil, a publishing company created shortly after the Second World War, makes it clear that the interests of one do not always converge with the interests of the other. The novels of the catholic essayist, seemingly appealed to the religious views of the publisher, did not always receive the recognition initially sought. The publisher and its literary director Paul Flamand, were unconvinced, partly because of the editorial policy, and wanted to widen its scope to include aesthetic works that would appeal to a readership that was moving away from Catholicism. With the help of archival material and biographies of Pierre-Henri Simon, the author charts the progression of a certain form of aesthetic obsolescence.
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Hervé Serry. Auteur et éditeur au prisme de contraintes et d'affinités : Pierre-Henri Simon, le roman et les Éditions du Seuil. Documentation et Bibliotheques, Asted Inc., 2010, 54 (4), pp.175-186. ⟨10.7202/1029042ar⟩. ⟨hal-00984714⟩

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