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Carol E. Harrison

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452451

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452451.001.0001

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The Education of Maurice de Guérin

The Education of Maurice de Guérin

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(p.66) Chapter 2 The Education of Maurice de Guérin
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Romantic Catholics
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Carol E. Harrison

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452451.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the education of Maurice de Guérin, following him through his years as a boarding pupil at the Catholic Collège Stanislas in Paris. Maurice was sent by his father to the elite Catholic boarding school in the hope of setting him up for a successful clerical career, but abandoned his vocation during his teen years and turned to poetry instead of the priesthood. This chapter provides an overview of Maurice's life at Stanislas and after he left the school, with particular emphasis on his involvement in the scholarly and quasi-monastic community that surrounded Félicité de Lamennais, whose Breton estate at La Chênaie was home to a group of young men who had gathered to create a new “Catholic science.” It shows how Maurice and other Stanislas boys at La Chênaie found a form of Catholic fraternity that they recognized and embraced gratefully.

Keywords:   education, Maurice de Guérin, Collège Stanislas, boys, vocation, poetry, Félicité de Lamennais, Catholic science, Catholic fraternity

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