Sempe – Tout se complique

I have several books by Sempé – don’t really know where I acquired them. But here they are in all their glory. Sempé is known for Le Petit Nicolas, a series of stories about a boy named Nicolas and his adventures with other childhood cronies. It seems to be autobiographical. The style of his drawings are very much prized by the New Yorker Magazine.

Tout se complique is part of his earlier work.
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Decouverte Et Creation

This is the textbook we used as graduate students to teach French at Stanford University in the 1980s:

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Bescherelle – english edition

 

This was one of my first scans. It’s an older copy of the bescherelle, but an english edition I can use with my students as it’s not overwhelmingly complicated. The verbs are arranged in tables of frequency, and the index in the back tells the reader which table to consult. There is also a very useful introduction to the French verb system in the front, as well as examples of how the verbs and variants are used at the bottom of each table.

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