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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Xavier de Maistre (1763–1852)

Maistre, Xavier de, Count (māstr). A noted French soldier, essayist, and novelist, brother of Joseph Marie; born at Chambéry, Oct. 1763; died at St. Petersburg, June 12, 1852. After serving in Piedmont and Italy (1798–99), going to Russia he rose to the rank of major-general. His masterpiece was the much-admired ‘Journey Round my Room’ (1794) in Sterne’s style, written while under arrest for fighting a duel. He wrote besides: ‘The Siberian Girl’ (1815); ‘Prisoners of the Caucasus’ (1815); etc. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).