Writers in Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Light

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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 fifteenth century through the twentieth, poets, novelists, and playwrights, famed for both their work and their lives, were shaped by this enchanting place. From natives such as Molière, Genet, and Anaïs Nin to expats like Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, and Gertrude Stein, author David Burke follows hundreds of writers through ...

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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 fifteenth century through the twentieth, poets, novelists, and playwrights, famed for both their work and their lives, were shaped by this enchanting place. From natives such as Molière, Genet, and Anaïs Nin to expats like Henry Miller, Samuel Beckett, and Gertrude Stein, author David Burke follows hundreds of writers through Paris's labyrinthine streets, inviting readers on his grand tour.

Unique in scope and approach, Writers in Paris crosses form the Right Bank to the Left and on to the lle de la Cité as it explores the alleyways and haunts frequented by the world's 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 one hundred evocative photographs.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781582435855
  • Publisher: Counterpoint Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

The Literary Left Bank 6

The Latin Quarter 9

Saint Germain-Des-Prés 36

The Faubourg Saint-Germain and the Eiffel Tower 85

Montparnasse 101

The River and the Islands 124

The Seine 126

Île De La Cité 128

Île 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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