Here are a few minor examples of misstatements that may be simply negatived:—That Anatole “affected to ignore” the humble lineage from which he sprang.
That he was a Jew by descent, which would account for his defence of Dreyfus.
Nor has the twentieth century, with all its rationalizing, chosen to scatter the mists that have gathered around the heads of such persons as Proust and Anatole France.
In the latter instance, some excuse for myth-making may be found both in the whimsicality of his temperament and in the fact that shortly after his death bales of printed misinformation were offered to an avid public.
At least one half of what he wrote during this period has never been collected in volume form.