Excerpt from A History of the French Academy, 1635(4) 1910: With an Outline Sketch of the Institute of France, Showing Its Relation to Its Constituent Academies
The following history is the outcome of an investigation primarily undertaken, in connection with an examination of the record of the Florentine Academy of the Crusca, the French Academy, and the Spanish Language Academy - to mention them in order of antiquity - as dictionary makers, to satisfy personal curiosity as to the influence of a recognized national authority on national orthography, with conclusions which, so far as that matter is concerned, need not now be discussed. As the investigation proceeded, the author became so much interested especially in the French academical annals and related works which he had occasion to consult that it seemed to him as if a connected narrative presenting in its main features the story of the corporate life of an institution so renowned as the French Academy might also prove interesting to many others.
Theoretically the sources of the author's information are open to all, but the facts here brought together between two covers are collected from the works of so many different writers as to justify the assumption that some of them are not readily accessible either to the casual reader or to the student.
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