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It seems to me that my true worth is above all in works of the mind; that I am worth more in thought than in action; and that,

if there remains anything of me in this world, it will be much more the trace of what I have written than the recollection of what I will have done.

Alexis de Tocqueville to Louis de Kergorlay (Dec. 15, 1850),

Selected Letters on Politics and Society 252, 253 (Roger Boesche ed., James Toupin & Roger Boesche trans., University of California Press 1985).


Bass, Thomas Alden, Fiction and History: Essays on the Novels of Flaubert, Garcia Marquez, Coover, and Pynchon (Dissertation, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1980).  Chapter two contains an analysis of Tocqueville’s Souvenirs.

Baszkiewicz, Jan, Wstęp [Preface], in Alexis de Tocqueville, Wspomnienia [Recollections] 3-42 (Warsaw: 1987) (Wroclaw 1987)

Braudel, Fernand, Alexis de Tocqueville's Recollections, 26(3) Society 67-72 (March 1989).

Douthwaite, Julia V., The Uses of History in Tocqueville’s Souvenirs and Flaubert’s L’education sentimentale 4 RLA: Romance Languages Annual 40-46 (1992).

Franck, Jacques, Les Souvenirs d’Alexis de Tocqueville, 11 Revue Générale Belge 123-126 (1964).

Mansfield, Harvey, A New Kind of Liberalism: Tocqueville’s “Recollections”, 28(7) New Criterion 4-9 (March 2010). Excerpted from Mansfield’s Alexis de Tocqueville: A Very Short Introduction.

Muller, James W., Politics and Philosophy in Tocqueville's Souvenirs, 10(1) Intercollegiate Review 33-44 (1975).

Murciaux, Christian, Au vent de la Revolution: Les Souvenirs d'Alexis de Tocqueville, Nouvelles Littéraires, September 1, 1966, at 7.

Shiner, Larry E., The Secret Mirror: Literary Form and History in Tocqueville's Recollections (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988).

Shiner, Larry E., Writing and political carnival in Tocqueville's Recollections, 25(1) History and Theory 17-33 (1986).


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