Writers in Paris

Writers in Paris

For fifty years Parisian cultural life centered on the writer Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. Known simply as Colette, her name was one of the most famous in France. At her death in 1954, Colette’s fame was...

In May 1924, Zelda, Scott and their daughter Scottie decamped from America to Paris. The extravagance of their lifestyle in the U.S. in the previous four years had left the Fitzgeralds in debt both...
photo of Edith Wharton

An inveterate francophile who first traveled to France at the age of four, moved there permanently in 1910, and was laid to rest there in 1937, Edith Wharton enjoyed a life of privilege. Edith...

Gertrude Stein was perhaps the most famous of all the American women to make their home in Paris. Stein lived there from 1903 until her death in 1946. Her salon in 27, Rue de Fleurus...

In Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, where many of his erstwhile Parisian compatriots were subjected to often exorable criticisms, Sylvia Beach remained unscathed. Hemingway wrote, "No-one that I ever knew was nicer to me." George Whitman, a...

It is said that everyone has a book in them. Not literally, of course. For if that were the case there would be a lot more book-removal surgeries. Which, according to my doctor friend, does...
Tactus playing music at the salon

The salon was invented by the Italians in the 16th century and it was quickly adopted by the French where the salons flourished through the 17th and 18th centuries. Throughout the 17th century, the...
Alexandre Dumas' Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine

In 2002, for the bicentennial of Alexandre Dumas' birth, then French President Jacques Chirac arranged a ceremony honoring the renowned author by reinterring his coffin at the Panthéon in Paris. Four Republican guards dressed...

Waverly Root, James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child and Elizabeth David, among many other passionate epicures, owe their enduring legacy as culinary writers and adventurers to Maurice Edmond Sailland. Better known by his sobriquet,...
Jake Lamar

Jake Lamar was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a boy he was deeply moved by James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On the Mountain, and Richard Wright’s Black Boy. These two...

Pierre François Lacenaire was an unlikely criminal to catch the imagination of the French public; his crimes were deliberate, brutal and born out of bitterness against what he perceived as ‘an evil and wrong...

Few people have heard of Gaston Bachelard. A non-conformist and self-taught thinker, Bachelard revolutionized the philosophy of science. Guided by the desire to understand the human spirit, his works comprise two facets, an epistemological...