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French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers

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The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers is a reader's journey along the fabled coast which has provided the inspiration and setting for some of the greatest literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Hyères and St. Tropez in the west to the Italian border in the east, Ted Jones introduces the lives and work of writers who passed this way, from distinguished Nobel laureates to new authors who discovered their voices there. His encyclopaedic work covers them all: writers such as Graham ...

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Overview

The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for Travellers is a reader's journey along the fabled coast which has provided the inspiration and setting for some of the greatest literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From Hyères and St. Tropez in the west to the Italian border in the east, Ted Jones introduces the lives and work of writers who passed this way, from distinguished Nobel laureates to new authors who discovered their voices there. His encyclopaedic work covers them all: writers such as Graham Greene and W. Somerset Maugham, who spent much of their lives there; F. Scott Fitzgerald and Guy de Maupassant, whose work it dominates; and the countless writers who simply lingered there, including Louisa M. Alcott, Albert Camus, Bruce Chatwin, T. S. Eliot, Ian Fleming, Sylvia Plath, Jean-Paul Sartre, Leo Tolstoy, Evelyn Waugh, Oscar Wilde - and countless others.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Some travel guides offer the basics. Others, such as Ted Jones' The French Riviera: A Literary Guide for travelers, weave the works of other literary giants into a narrative that gives a sense of history of a place. Jones' book provides glimpses of works by writers such as Agatha Christie, Joseph Conrad, Ian Fleming, Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo and James Joyce and their feelings about the French Riviera." — Salt Lake City Tribune

"unsurpassed in literary name-dropping." — David Armstrong, San Francisco Chronicle

"The ultimate travel book for anyone who likes sun and literature. I found it irresistible." — Peter Mayle

"Thoughtful, entertaining and vivid, Jones's The French Riviera sweeps us along the coast… Cap Ferrat comes to life. Jones's book is sad only because it reminds us of how much of the Riviera's tranquil beauty has been sacrificed. The list of literary lovers of the Riviera almost beggars belief. It is delightful to have their eloquent, acerbic, lyrical responses collected here, in a book that deserves to become a favorite with all travelers." — Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times

"There is much to relish. The author is assiduous in recording who wrote what where and when, in seeking out memorial plaques and mourning lost landmarks."

— E.S.Turner, Times Literary Supplement

"A vivid guide to the Cote d'Azur in the eyes of some of the greatest writers of their time." — Jane Mays, Daily Mail

"There are two views of the French Riviera. One says it is an overdeveloped blot on the landscape; the other that it is the epitome of style. If you veer towards the latter, and enjoy literary history, this book is for you. Drawing on the stories of more than 150 writers, Jones does a great job of buffing up the legend." — Anthony Sattin, Sunday Times, Books of the Week

"Certainly among the best of recent books on the area. Jones has done a lot of research and presents his results in a clear and lively style. The book will appeal obviously to those with literary interests but it's also designed to please those who enjoy Sunday paper-style gossip (broadsheet, of course)." — Patrick Middleton, The Riviera Reporter

"With a cast of more than 150 authors, the book is an incredible tour-de-force. Though taking several years of diligent research to complete, Ted guides the reader on a remarkable journey, where the lives and loves of so many writers unfold before us along the sun-drenched shores of the French Riviera." —www.amb-cotedazur.com

"Part travel-guide, part biography, the elegant text retraces the footsteps of some of the world's greatest literary geniuses. Enough to tempt even the strongest willed to book a ticket. Snap up a copy of Ted's book… The literary world's answer to Heat magazine, Ted uncovers endlessly fascinating material" — Slough & Windsor Express

"The palm-fringed beaches of Cannes, Nice, Monaco and the other magical Mediterranean coastal towns and villages of sun-swept southeastern France are lovingly described by travel journalist Ted Jones." — Frequent

Library Journal
Writer and journalist Jones has created a literary road map of the French Riviera that will interest literary and history buffs, seasoned travelers, and esoteric researchers. Drawing upon the diaries, letters, biographies, and works of writers from Alcott and Platt to Proust and Brecht, Jones creates a context for a region that has inspired generations of writers and travelers. He has organized the book into geographic sections, weaving together description, history, culture, and literature to provide a sophisticated look at the lives and times of writers who visited the area. He also provides very brief biographical information about each author as well as a useful index and bibliography that all help to distinguish this work from the typical travel book. Even if readers are not interested in visiting the French Riviera, they will enjoy the details of their favorite author or work. Recommended for academic libraries and larger travel collections in public libraries.-Mari Flynn, Glendale Community Coll., AZ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845114558
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Series: Tauris Parke Paperbacks Ser.
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 738,689
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ted Jones is a writer and journalist who specializes in travel and the arts. He divides his time between Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera, and Windsor, England..

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

• Map

• Introduction

• Hyères: Gateway to the Riviera

• Cannes: City of Festivals

• Antibes: The City Opposite

• The Back Country: The Balcony of the Mediterranean

• Nice: The Heart of the Riviera

• Cap Ferrat: Almost an Island

• Monaco: City of Millionaires

• Menton: Sanitorium City

• Epilogue

• Author Profiles

• Bibliogrpahy

• Index *

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