A New York Times bestseller Finding love and freedom in a pen, a paintbrush...and Paris How much money does it take to quit your job? Exhausted and on the verge of burnout, Janice poses this questions to herself as she doodles on a notepad at her desk. Surprisingly, the answer isn't as daunting as she expected. With a little math and a lot of determination, Janice cuts back, saves up, and buys herself two years of freedom in Europe. A few days into her stop in Paris, Janice meets Christophe, the cute butcher down the street-who doesn't speak English. Through a combination of sign language and franglais, they embark on a whirlwind Paris romance. She soon realizes that she can never return to the world of twelve-hour workdays and greasy corporate lingo. But her dwindling savings force her to find a way to fund her dreams again. So Janice turns to her three loves-words, art, and Christophe-to figure out a way to make her happily-ever-after in Paris last forever.
Author: Thomas Eakins
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Release Date: 2009-08-23
The most revealing and interesting writings of American artist Thomas Eakins are the letters he sent to family and friends while he was a student in Paris between 1866 and 1870. This book presents all these letters in their entirety for the first time; in fact, this is the first edition of Eakins's correspondence from the period. Edited and annotated by Eakins authority William Innes Homer, this book provides a treasure trove of new information, revealing previously hidden facets of Eakins's personality, providing a much richer picture of his artistic development, and casting fresh light on his debated psychosexual makeup. The book is illustrated with the small, gemlike drawings Eakins included in his correspondence, as well as photographs and paintings. In these letters, Eakins speaks openly and frankly about human relationships, male companionship, marriage, and women. In vivid, charming, and sometimes comic detail, he describes his impressions of Paris--from the training he received in the studio of Jean-Léon Gérôme to the museums, concerts, and popular entertainments that captured his imagination. And he discusses with great insight contemporary aesthetic and scientific theories, as well as such unexpected subjects as language structure, musical composition, and ice-skating technique. Also published here for the first time are the letters and notebook Eakins wrote in Spain following his Paris sojourn. This long-overdue volume provides an indispensable portrait of a great American artist as a young man.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Key comes the story of a mysterious work of art and the woman inspired to uncover its history in the City of Light. After surviving the accident that took her mother’s life, Claire Broussard has worked hard to escape her small Louisiana hometown. But these days she feels something is lacking. Abruptly leaving her lucrative job in Chicago, Claire returns home to care for her ailing grandmother. There, she unearths a beautiful piece of artwork that her great-grandfather sent home from Paris after World War II. At her grandmother’s urging, Claire travels to Paris to track down the century-old mask-making atelier where the object, known only as “L’Inconnue”—or The Unknown Woman—was created. Under the watchful eye of a surly mask-maker, Claire discovers a cache of letters that offers insight into the life of the Belle Epoque woman immortalized in the work of art. As Claire explores the unknown woman’s tragic fate, she begins to unravel deeply buried secrets in her own life. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Henry James PARISIAN SKETCHES H K N R Y J A M M 8, J K, HENRY JAMES Parisian Sketches LETTERS TO THE NEW YORK TRIBUNE 1875-1876 Edited with an Introduction by LEON EDEL AND ILSE DUSOIR LIND NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS Washington Square 1957 1957 by New York University Press, Inc. Library of Congress catalogue card number 577914 Manufactured in the United States of America PREFACE Henry Jamess Paris letters to the New York Trib une of almost eighty years ago have been collected in this volume for the first time. Three of the letters were reprinted by James during his lifetime, the remainder were allowed to linger in the crumbling newspaper files in the hope that they would be forgotten. In recent years extracts from those letters that were devoted to the theater were included in Allan Wades collection of Jamess dramatic criticism, The Scenic Art and cer tain passages dealing with paintings were incorporated by John L. Sweeney in his compilation of Henry Jamess art criticisms. The Pointers Eye. The major ity of the letters, however, remained uncollected, and available only to those who cared to read the files or the microfilm record. The documents contained in the appendix to this volume were copied by Use Dusoir Lind in 1950 during a search of the New York Herald Tribune archive car ried out with the kind permission of Mrs. Helen Rogers Reid. They were subsequently used, with the permis sion of Mrs. Reid and of Mr. William James, in an article published by Professor Lind in PMLA De cember 1951, Vol. LXVI, No. 6, 886-910 entitled The Inadequate Vulgarity of Henry James. The edi tors of the present volume wish to renew their thanks to Mrs. Reid and to Mr. James for having made this material available, and to the Houghton Library and V Preface the President and Fellows of Harvard College for Dr. EdePs continued access to the James family papers. The date of each of Jamess letters in the date line is that of the writing of the letter and was so used on publication. At the bottom of each letter we have in serted a second date, that of the issue of the Tribune in which the letter appeared. Certain obvious typo graphical errors and other misprints have been cor rected. I. E. CONTENTS Preface v Introduction ix 1. Paris Revisited 3 2. Paris As It Is 14 3. Versailles As It Is 23 4. Parisian Sketches 33 5. The Parisian Stage 44 6. Parisian Life 54 7. Parisian Topics 64 8. Paris in Election Time 74 9. Parisian Affairs 83 10. Parisian Topics 93 11. Art and Letters in Paris 104 12. Chartres Portrayed 115 13. Parisian Festivity 126 14. Art in France 136 15. Art in Paris 146 16. Parisian Topics 157 17. Parisian Topics 168 18. George Sand 178 19. Summer in France 188 20. A French Watering Place 198 Appendix James-Reid Documents 209 Notes 229 Index 257
Author: Jean de La Fontaine
Publisher: Associated University Presse
Release Date: 2008
The French poet Jean de La Fontaine (1621-95), renowned for his Fables, wrote six letters to his wife describing his travels from Paris to Limoges in 1663. The letters contain a wealth of observations on the changing landscape, towns, and works of art and architecture, particularly in the Loire valley and at the (destroyed) Chateau of Richelieu. Never intended for publication, the letters provide candid glimpses into the great poet's mind and character; no other writings by him are as personal in nature. The Journey is here translated for the first time into English, The translator/editor has provided an introduction that traces La Fontaine's early career; explains the reason for the trip to Limoges; discusses his sketches of people he encounters on the way; and analyzes the poet's reactions to works of art and architecture, his personal comments to his wife, and his epistolary style, with its engaging good humor and candor. The detailed Notes contribute to the scholarly usefulness of this edition. The book should appeal to all lovers of La Fontaine and to those interested in the Grand Siecle and the era of Louis XIV.
Twenty years, seven letters, and one long-lost love of a lifetime At age 40, Samantha Verant's life is falling apart-she's jobless, in debt, and feeling stuck... until she stumbles upon seven old love letters from Jean-Luc, the sexy Frenchman she'd met in Paris when she was 19. With a quick Google search, she finds him, and both are quick to realize that the passion they felt 20 years prior hasn't faded with time and distance. Samantha knows that jetting off to France to reconnect with a man that she only knew for one sun-drenched, passion-filled day is crazy-but it's the kind of crazy she's been waiting for her whole life.