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Writers In Paris

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No city has attracted so much literary talent, launched so many illustrious careers, or produced such a wealth of enduring literature as Paris. From the 15th century through the 20th, poets, novelists, and playwrights, famed for both their work and their lives, were shaped by this enchanting place. From natives such as Molire, Genet, and Anas Nin to expats like Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, and Gertrude Stein, author David Burke follows hundreds of writers through Paris labyrinthine streets, inviting readers on ...
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Writers In Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Light

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Overview

No city has attracted so much literary talent, launched so many illustrious careers, or produced such a wealth of enduring literature as Paris. From the 15th century through the 20th, poets, novelists, and playwrights, famed for both their work and their lives, were shaped by this enchanting place. From natives such as Molire, Genet, and Anas Nin to expats like Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, and Gertrude Stein, author David Burke follows hundreds of writers through Paris labyrinthine streets, inviting readers on his grand tour. Unique in scope and approach, Writers in Paris crosses from the Right Bank to the Left and on to the Ile de la Cit as it explores the alleyways and haunts frequented by the worlds most storied writers. Burke focuses not only on their writing, but on their passions, ecstasies, obsessions, and betrayals. Equally appealing to Francophiles and serious readers, this engaging book includes maps and more than 100 evocative photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458759061
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/21/2010
  • Pages: 588
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

The Literary Left Bank 6

The Latin Quarter 9

Saint Germain-Des-Pres 36

The Faubourg Saint-Germain and the Eiffel Tower 85

Montparnasse 101

The River and the Islands 124

The Sein 126

Ile de la Cite 128

Ile Saint-Louis 135

The Literary Right Bank 142

The Marais and the Bastille 145

The Heart of the Right Bank 163

Montmartre 191

The Beaux Quartiers 210

A Few Places Around Paris 230

Acknowledgments 241

Photo Credits 242

Index of Writers 247

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    I loved this book! Although I have been to Paris many times, I have never seen it the way Burke presents it -- through the lives of the many writers who lived and worked there over the ages. The book is filled with fascinating vignettes of life Paris as it was lived by the many famous writers who created some of their best and/or earliest works here. Their stories are sometimes poignant and sometimes funny, but always are a remarkable reflection of the times when these authors called Paris home. By dividing the book into districts of the city, it can serve as an unusual and remarkable Guide Book to the city that inspired them. Maps and photos add to the sense of 'being there.' But above and beyond that, it is a fascinating read -- I feel like I have been allowed an amazing peek behind the curtain into significant moments in the lives of these writers, and how these moments sometimes intersected with those of other writers in Paris. Remarkably, the book also takes us into the very streets where some of the characters in those books lived -- to the third floor apartment of George Simenon's 'Inspector Maigret', to name just one such example. The writers are Russian, American, British, Irish, French -- some long famiiar to me, some new, but all inspired by their time in this 'City of Light.' I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

    THE INSIDER'S GUIDE TO LITERARY PARIS

    David Burke gives the reader a tour of 'the Paris nobody knows' - a splendidly written narrative, complete with maps and photos, of how the great American and French writers lived and loved in this City of Lights. The author's work is equally illuminating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Experience Paris is a superb new way

    If you want a book that is organized in the most wonderful way, this is for you. Any Francophile will be charmed and delighted to find all their favorite Parisian writers, and some you perhaps have never heard of, in the neighborhoods they frequented, lived in and wrote of. Burke introduces these thoroughfares and passageways, as you have never encountered them before with all their charm and literary history. Take this book along the next time you visit Paris---you will discover her as never before.

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