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An Englishman in Paris Notes and Recollections   By: (1843-1903)

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(Notes and Recollections)

Two Volumes in One


New York D. Appleton and Company 1892

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PAGE The Quartier Latin in the late thirties The difference between then and now A caricature on the walls of Paris I am anxious to be introduced to the quarter whence it emanated I am taken to "La Childebert," and make the acquaintance of the original of the caricature The story of Bouginier and his nose Dantan as a caricaturist He abandons that branch of art after he has made Madame Malibran burst into tears at the sight of her statuette How Bouginier came to be immortalized on the façade of the Passage du Caire One of the first co operative societies in France An artists' hive The origin of "La Childebert" Its tenants in my time The proprietress Madame Chanfort, the providence of poor painters Her portraits sold after her death High jinks at "La Childebert" The Childebertians and their peacefully inclined neighbours Gratuitous baths and compulsory douches at "La Childebert" The proprietress is called upon to repair the roof The Childebertians bivouac on the Place St. Germain des Prés They start a "Society for the Conversion of the Mahometans" The public subscribe liberally What becomes of the subscriptions? My visits to "La Childebert" breed a taste for the other amusements of the Quartier Latin Bobino and its entertainments The audience The manager His stereotyped speech The reply in chorus Woe to the bourgeois intruder Stove pipe hats a rarity in the Quartier Latin The dress of the collegians Their mode of living Suppers when money was flush, rolls and milk when it was not A fortune teller in the Rue de Tournon Her prediction as to the future of Joséphine de Beauharnais The allowance to students in those days The Odéon deserted Students' habits The Chaumière Rural excursions Père Bonvin's 1


My introduction to the celebrities of the day The Café de Paris The old Prince Demidoff The old man's mania His sons The furniture and attendance at the Café de Paris Its high prices A mot of Alfred de Musset The cuisine A rebuke of the proprietor to Balzac A version by one of his predecessors of the cause of Vatel's suicide Some of the habitués Their intercourse with the attendants Their courteous behaviour towards one another Le veau à la casserole What Alfred de Musset, Balzac, and Alexandre Dumas thought of it A silhouette of Alfred de Musset His brother Paul on his election as a member of the Académie A silhouette of Balzac, between sunset and sunrise A curious action against the publishers of an almanack A full length portrait of Balzac His pecuniary embarrassments His visions of wealth and speculations His constant neglect of his duties as a National Guard His troubles in consequence thereof L'Hôtel des Haricots Some of his fellow prisoners Adam, the composer of "Le Postillon de Lonjumeau" Eugène Sue; his portrait His dandyism The origin of the Paris Jockey Club Eugène Sue becomes a member The success of "Les Mystères de Paris" The origin of "Le Juif Errant" Sue makes himself objectionable to the members of the Jockey Club His name struck off the list His decline and disappearance 24


Alexandre Dumas père Why he made himself particularly agreeable to Englishmen His way of silencing people The pursuit he loved best next to literature He has the privilege of going down to the kitchens of the Café de Paris No one questions his literary genius, some question his culinary capacities Dr... Continue reading book >>

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