Paris: With Pen and Pencil (1858) (Illustrated)
(MEMOIRS OF PARIS PAST)
** The “Memoirs of Paris Past” collection presents fiction and non-fiction – travelers' guides, journals, histories,etc. - which wholly or in part shows Paris as it was at different points in history. If you love Paris and want to virtually stroll its streets in past times, search for “Memoirs of Paris Past” to find other works in the series. **
From the author of this volume:
“The contents of this volume are the result of two visits to Paris. The first when Louis Napoleon was president of the Republic; and the second when Napoleon III. was emperor of France. I have sketched people and places as I saw them at both periods, and the reader should bear this in mind.
I have not endeavored to make a hand-book to Paris, but have described those places and objects which came more particularly under my notice. I have also thought it best, instead of devoting my whole space to the description of places, or the manners of the people—a subject which has been pretty well exhausted by other writers—to give a few sketches of the great men of Paris and of France; and among them, a few of the representative literary men of the past. There is not a general knowledge of French literature and authors, either past or present, among the mass of readers; and Paris and France can only be truly known through French authors and literature.
My object has been to add somewhat to the general reader's knowledge of Paris and the Parisians,—of the people and the places, whose social laws are the general guide of the civilized world.”
Bartlett's book alternates a very touristy view of various sites of Paris with brief portraits of some of its great figures, providing a portrait of Paris that is both physical and cultural.
- Revenant, October 2012
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