chapter  11
Across the Divide: a Correspondence During the Dreyfus Affair
ByDavid H. Walker
Pages 14

Given the immense amount of scrutiny which the Dreyfus affair has received over the last century, little new light is likely to be shed on matters by what follows. However, part of the correspondence this author is currently preparing for publication focuses tellingly on the Dreyfus affair, and provides illuminating private testimony on this public issue. By the same token the letters offer an interesting if not entirely novel perspective. 1 These epistolary sources are a valuable asset for understanding how the Dreyfus affair was mentioned and felt by individuals: they are exemplary of its intrusion, in this case in the friendship of an intellectual and a would-be politician at a formative moment of their respective careers.