Expatriate Paris: A Cultural and Literary Guide to Paris of the 1920s

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Paris has long been a storied center of art and culture, and of romance, but in the 1920s its magnetism was especially irresistible. From around the world writers, artists, and composers steamed in, to visit or linger, some to reside. For travelers, Francophiles and the curious, this gossipy retrospective of expatriate life in Paris in the 1920s is a mosaic of quick glimpses—Sarah Bernhardt sleeping in a coffin to overcome her fear of death, Igor Stravinsky diving through a huge wreath at the premiere of his ...

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Paris has long been a storied center of art and culture, and of romance, but in the 1920s its magnetism was especially irresistible. From around the world writers, artists, and composers steamed in, to visit or linger, some to reside. For travelers, Francophiles and the curious, this gossipy retrospective of expatriate life in Paris in the 1920s is a mosaic of quick glimpses—Sarah Bernhardt sleeping in a coffin to overcome her fear of death, Igor Stravinsky diving through a huge wreath at the premiere of his ballet Les Noces, Ford Madox Ford meeting Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes near starvation, Josephine Baker establishing her nightclub.  

 The list of expatriates is long and luminous, and this book—a work of immense erudition spiced with anecdotes and gossip—documents their haunts and habits, their comings and goings, their relationships intimate and artistic. Structured in thirty-three geographical and very walkable sections, Expatriate Paris is cross-referenced by streets, names, and topics and equipped with nine maps to satisfy the most demanding traveler, whether real or armchair. 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For travelers, Francophiles and the curious, this gossipy retrospective of expatriate life in Paris in the 1920s is a mosaic of quick glimpses--Sarah Bernhardt sleeping in a coffin to overcome her fear of death, Igor Stravinsky diving through a huge wreath at the premiere of his ballet Les Noces , Ford Madox Ford meeting Ernest Hemingway, Langston Hughes near starvation, Josephine Baker establishing her nightclub. The hundreds of short entries are organized geographically around 32 neighborhoods. Turn to ``Hotel Ritz,'' and you learn that novelist Elinor Glyn stayed there as a WW I reporter, and that F. Scott Fitzgerald's story ``Babylon Revisited'' begins and ends at the hotel's bar. William Faulkner, Coco Chanel, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall and Isadora Duncan are among the luminaries whose selective doings can be tracked with the aid of indexes that cross-reference streets, places, names and topics. (Feb.)
Robert Coover
“Going to Paris without this book is like going to the Folies-Bergère without your glasses.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559700856
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991

Meet the Author

Arlen J. Hansen was a professor of English at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. He was on expert on Expatriate Paris in the 1920s.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xix

Note to the Reader xxv

The Inner Right Bank 1

1 The Grand Hotels 5

2 From the Madeleine to the Opéra 13

3 Mostly Lost Sites: Italiens to the Louvre 20

4 The Folies-Bergère and Scattered Right Bank Sites 26

The Inner Left Bank 31

5 He Saint-Louis 35

6 The Eastern Edge 41

7 Saint-André-des-Arts 44

8 From Natalie Barney's to the Hôtel Jacob 49

9 The Crosbys' Environs 61

From Saint-Germain to the Luxembourg 69

10 Saint-Germain and South 73

11 The Odeon and East 81

12 Vaugirard and North 90

13 Gertrude Stein's Neighborhood 101

14 Place de la Contrescarpe and the Outer Fifth Arrondissement 107

Montparnasse: The Heart 117

15 The Primary Chamber 119

16 The Secondary Chamber 130

17 The Aorta 136

18 Around Montparnasse Station 152

19 Beyond Montparnasse 161

Out Along Rue Broca 161

East and South of the Montparnasse Cemetery 167

West of the Gare Montparnasse 170

20 Remote Montparnasse Regions 174

The Seventh Arrondissement 179

21 The Invalides and the Eiffel 183

Along the Champs-Elysees 195

22 Around Concorde 199

23 The Gaveau and the Claridge 207

24 Théâtre des Champs-Elysées 214

25 The Etoile and North to the Wagram 221

Passy 229

26 Porte Maillot 233

Neuilly-Sur-Seine 235

27 Old Embassy Area 236

28 Around the Trocadéro 240

To the North 240

To the West 243

To the Southwest 246

29 Isolated, Remote Sites in Passy 253

Montmartre and Clockwise 257

30 Clichy 259

31 Montmartre 263

32 Pigalle 267

33 Toward the Trib 272

The Expatriates: A Selected Bibliography of Their Works 277

Index of Streets, Avenues, Boulevards, Etc. 307

Index of Noteworthy Places, Infamous Events, and Sundry Things 313

Index of Persons Mentioned 323

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