Into a Paris Quartier: Reine Margot's Chapel and Other Haunts of St.-Germain

Into a Paris Quartier: Reine Margot's Chapel and Other Haunts of St.-Germain

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by Diane Johnson
     
 

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Modern St.-Germain is lively and prosperous, and fifty years ago its heady mix of jazz and existentialism defined urbane cool, but Johnson takes a longer view. "Beside the shades of Jean-Paul Sartre and Edith Piaf", she writes, "there is another crowd of resident ghosts, misty figures in plumed hats whose fortunes and passions were enacted among these beautiful,

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Modern St.-Germain is lively and prosperous, and fifty years ago its heady mix of jazz and existentialism defined urbane cool, but Johnson takes a longer view. "Beside the shades of Jean-Paul Sartre and Edith Piaf", she writes, "there is another crowd of resident ghosts, misty figures in plumed hats whose fortunes and passions were enacted among these beautiful, imposing buildings". From her kitchen window, she looks out on a chapel begun by Reine Margot, wife of Henri IV; nearby streets are haunted by the shades of two sinister cardinals, Mazarin and Richelieu, as well as four famed queens and at least five kings. Delacroix, Corot, Ingres, David, and Manet all lived in St.-Germain; Oscar Wilde died there; and everybody who was anybody visited sooner or later.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426201837
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
06/12/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
589,862
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Diane Johnson is a travel writer, biographer, essayist and—most notably—a novelist and three-time National Book Award Finalist, most recently for Le Divorce, a national bestseller which became a major motion picture. Her next novel, Le Mariage (2000) also made bestseller lists from the Boston Globe to the San Francisco Chronicle, and was a New York Times Book Review "Notable Book" for 2000. Johnson now divides her time between Paris and San Francisco.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Paris, France, and San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
April 28, 1934
Place of Birth:
Moline, Illinois
Education:
B.A., University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA, 1968

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