Long ago, if a provincial man visited Paris, his fellow villagers would revere him for the rest of his life. But that’s all over now. In “The Provincial Folk in Paris,” Juliette Lamber investigates the shifting relationship between Paris and the provinces.
In “The Parisian for the Outsider,” Gustave Frédérix advises: “Among those born in the capital of the world who have never left it, there is no shortage of foreigners and provincials. And in the same sense there are those unquestionably Parisian in spirit among the travelers who have just set foot for the first time in the Gare du Nord.”
In 1867, over nine million people visited the International Exposition in Paris. The city had just been dramatically modernized by Haussmann under Napoleon III, and the massive tome Paris Guide was commissioned to mark the occasion, unofficially edited by Victor Hugo and collecting texts by “the most important writers and artists in France.” In Paris for Outsiders and Foreigners in Paris: The English and the Germans, Readux presents a selection of essays from Paris Guide that investigate the status of outsiders in Paris — be they country folk, foreigners, or merely outsiders in spirit.
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was the pen name of Juliette Adam née Lambert (1836–1936). She used her social position to support progressive political agendas, organizing a salon for leftist republicanism in her home. She counted Gambetta, Hugo, Louis Blanc,
Georges Sand, Maupassant, and Flaubert among her close friends. In 1879 she founded La Nouvelle Revue. A street in the 17th arrondissement carries her pen name.
Gustave Frédérix (1834–1894) was a Belgian journalist, literary critic, and publisher. He is best known as the author of Trente ans de critique, prefaced by Emile Deschanel.