Barbey d'Aurevilly intervenes with his publisher to warmly recommend the writer Prosper VIALON (1817-1873).
"Dear Editor, I would have liked to give my arm to Madame Viallon who will bring you this letter, but what I would say in front of her, I want to tell you here from her husband, Prosper Viallon, who asked me to put her in touch with you. I am therefore chaperoning her, and I assure you that he is a good breed of falcon. He has written at
and he has written everywhere. He has the dramatic movement, the interest, the warmth, that which takes most to the hair of the public, and sometimes to the Entrailles. If I were Mr. Bourdillat, I would edit it! When a man has told another man everything he would do in his place, he has said everything. But allow me to add that if you make a deal with Mr. Viallon (and I believe it will be good for both of us) you will have given me great pleasure. Farewell, - and Our Prophets?"... [This is the second edition of his book Les Prophètes du passé (published in 1860 by Bourdilliat éditeurs)].