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Marcel Schwob correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8401

Scope and Contents

Materials contain copies of the original correspondence from Marcel Schwob to W.G.C. Bijvanck dated 1891-1898 and a letter from Maurice Barrès to Marcel Schwob written in 1892. The letters are written in French and Schwob seems to send most of his from Paris, France. Folder 1 contains the copies of letters 2-37 from Schwob to Bijvanck; Folder 2 contains letter 56 from Barrès to Schwob; and Folder 3 contains extra copies of some of the letters. The documents are ordered according to the way they were numbered by the curators who originally exchanged this collection. Dated 1891-1898.


  • 1891-1898


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Marcel Schwob correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Marcel Schwob (1867-1905) was a prolific Jewish French writer best known for his symbolic short stories and newspaper articles.

Marcel Schwob was born on August 23, 1867 in Chaville, Hauts-de-Seine, France, to parents George Schwob and Mathilde Cahun. As a child and young adult he enjoyed reading the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson, which would influence his writing later in life. His parents put a strong emphasis on education during his childhood, so as a child Schwob was multilingual and had many tutors and opportunities to further his studies. In 1881, Schwob studied at Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, France and in 1884 he received his baccalauréat.

In 1885, Schwob served in the military and when he returned three years later he continued to take linguistic courses. He also began his literary career by working at the Archives Nationales in 1890 and contributing articles to French newspapers and magazines such as Le Phare and L'Echo de Paris. He published his first collection of stories titled Coeur double in 1891, and continued to publish short stories, books, and articles until 1895. The last few years of his life were marked by persistent illness, but Schwob still married Marguerite Moreno, a French actress, in 1900, and traveled to Samoa and throughout Europe in 1901 and 1904.

Schwob died on February 26, 1905 in Paris, France.

Biographical History

Maurice Barrès (1862-1923) was a French writer and politician, known for his extreme nationalism and anti-semitism.

Maurice Barrès was born on August 19, 1862, in Charmes-sur-Moselle, France. He went to Paris to study law, but changed his mind and began studying literature instead. While in Paris he published his trilogy, The Cult of the Ego. The books were individually published as Under the Eyes of the Barbarian (1888), A Free Man (1889), and The Garden of Bérénice (1891).

He began his political career at age twenty-seven by running successfully as deptuty of Nancy. His platform was stringently nationalistic and his political philosophies infused his literary works that he continued to publish throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He traveled to Spain, Italy, Greece, and Asia and these travels inspired his 1894 book Of Blood, Pleasure, and Death. He was elected to the French Academy in 1906.

Barrès died on December 5, 1923 in Paris, France.


3 folders (0.15 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Copies obtained from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in the Netherlands in 1986. J.K.F. van Berkel was the curator of the Department of Romantic Languages and Literature at the time and he corresponded with Russ Clement of Brigham Young University to have the documents sent overseas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Koninklijke Bibliotheek; 1986.


Orphaned Manuscripts collection development policy, 1 V., February 2014.

Existence and Location of Originals

Koninklijke Bibliotheek; Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, 2595 BE The Hague, Netherlands; +31 70 31 40 911.

Related Materials

For other materials related to Marcel Schwob, see the following: Marcel Schwob papers (MSS 662), the W.G.C. Byvanck letters to Marcel Schwob (MSS SC 2738), and the Marcel Schwob letters (Vault MSS 54).

Processing Information

Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Register of Marcel Schwob correspondence
In Progress
Zoë Brimhall
2014 March 04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States