Writers In Paris

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Writers In Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Light

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"Literary detective David Burke explores the most creative quartiers of the City of Light - the Latin Quarter and the Marais, raffish Montmartre, "Lost Generation" Montparnasse, and others - and tracks down the haunts of dozens of the world's finest and most colorful writers in this unique look at literature's greatest city." "From native Parisians such as Moliere and Marcel Proust to expatriates like Henry Miller and Samuel Beckett, Writers in Paris follows their artistic struggles and miraculous breakthroughs, along with the splendors and miseries of their invariably complicated personal lives. Burke also pinpoints key places in the lives of fictional characters, including Gargantua's ribald visit to the towers of Notre Dame and Vladimir and Estragon's wobbly first step onto the stage of an obscure little Left Bank theater." With maps, descriptions, and more than one hundred photographs, Writers in Paris is a fascinating, fresh way of looking at the city and its unparalleled role in literature, for lovers of Paris and literary history alike.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781593761578
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (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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