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A Literary Paris: Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris, and Others on the Uncommon Lure of the City of Light Hardcover – Bargain Price, July 18, 2010

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Jamie Cox Robertson holds a master?s degree in literature. She was the founding editor of Southern Literary Review, an online source for quality Southern fiction, and lectures at Suffolk University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (July 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605509876
  • ASIN: B005GNK48E
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,666,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jamie Cox Robertson is a author of two books: A Literary Paris: Hemingway, Colette, Sedaris and Others on the Uncommon Lure of the City of Light, and An Uncommon Heroine: Scarlett, Edna, Sula and More Than 20 Other of the Most Remarkable Women in Literature. An Uncommon Heroine was born out of her interest in writing a novel with strong, memorable female characters while A Literary Paris came from her thoughts on how some writers transport us to great cities through their words. Jamie is represented by Katie Shea of the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York. Visit Jamie on Facebook or at jamiecoxrobertson.com



BOOK REVIEWS

Review of A Literary Paris from Best-Selling Author, Charles Shield
This little book is your passport to the cafés, salons, and boulevards of
Paris long ago, accompanied, as you stroll, by authors you've heard of, but
who are now your friends and acquaintances. Do not tarry before they
disappear around the next corner! They're waiting for you inside A Literary
Paris.

Charles J. Shields
Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee

Review from Claudia Strasser, Author of The Paris Apartment

What a fabulous read! It's just full of great information and brings a whole new perspective to Paris, makes me want to read the classics and is very pretty! Small enough to tuck into your purse and big enough to fill a traveler and writer's mind with the people and places that shaped Paris. Reading about their loves and lives gives what can sometimes be a cold city a lot of heart and meaning.
This wonderful little book packs a punch with colorful insights, giving dimension and character to parks and corners otherwise overlooked throughout Paris.

Review of A Literary Paris from Nancy Anderson, Literary Conversational Coordinator, Boston Athenaeum.
I found A Literary Paris a delightful work. For anyone who loves Paris, it is a treat to view the triple montage presented in the book. Not only is the reader treated to views of quintessential Paris through photos and vivid descriptions, complete with fascinating historical data, but a whole roster of writers contribute their views of Paris through their own works. Most of the writers selected are familiar; a few are less well known. All show us Paris through their personal -- and literary -- lenses. The concept on which the book was constructed is terrific. The thoughtful research of a careful, but playful, scholar is evident in every section. Even the size is perfect. I can't imagine a better bon voyage gift!

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By dharrison on August 2, 2010
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A Literary Paris is a charming book, not because it's any surprise that generations of writers have been charmed by a city so bewitching that even Nietzsche felt compelled to declare that "an artist has no home in Europe except in Paris." No, the charm here is getting to approach so many great writers - Sedaris, Baldwin, Twain, and Edmund White among them, but these are just my favorites - through their takes on this particular city's magnetism. This is harder to pull off than it looks. It's one thing to be a teacher and writer (like Robertson) who falls in love with a great city, to arrive there for the first time and feel this is the place you've been missing all your life, and want to explore what other writers have seen and heard and felt there. It's quite another endeavor to enclose just the right excerpts from the vast corpus of Paris literature in just the right frame ... too much intrusion and you risk a guided tour on which the guide won't shut up and let you enjoy the ride. Not enough, and the average reader would be at sea without an oar of context. Put another way: all these writers have such various takes on the same place - or rather, the writers collected here all capture _their_ Paris - that you need the right, light touch to contextualize what you're reading and then get out of the way, and Robertson has found the right balance: a warmblooded introduction, engaging and to the point, and an editorial apparatus accompanying each selection that is both concise and eclectically surprising. And there's the book itself, a beautiful object as pleasant to look at and hold as it is rewarding to read. It reminds me of nothing so much as those moleskin notebooks that Hemingway made famous, which is to say that it's also a fairly brief volume - a mercy of incisive editing and careful selection in our age of information overload.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liz Haynes on November 14, 2010
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What a marvelous selection of fine essays about everyone's favorite city: Paris, City of Light! Stories of romance, love, passion, creativity, famous architecture and gardens, and of course the unique culture draws the reader into a wonderful journey. Beautiful old postcards grace this lovely book to illustrate some of Paris' most exquisite sites. The cover is elegant and classy. This book will make a perfect gift for my Paris collecting friends this Holiday season.
Eagerly awaiting your next book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By david dodson on September 18, 2010
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I think its a great book if you love Paris, if you're off to Paris, if you think you might ever go to Paris, or you want the perfect gift for someone going to Paris. And if none of that applies, buy it if you want something by the bedside -- each short chapter is a wonderful way to call it a day and relax with one of the world's greatest writers. The book takes a look at Paris through the eyes of both modern day, and not so modern day, authors--familiar folks like Kerouac, Sedaris, Twain and others. Robertson picks delightful excerpts that bring to life a corner of Paris for a half dozen pages or so...then you get to do the whole thing over again with a new author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maryon on January 3, 2011
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What a lovely and charming book. It's a cozy and comforting read, like snuggling up in a warm blanket with a hot cup of tea and having loads of time to indulge. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I got a glimpse of Paris from one who knows the tucked away and not so obvious treasures and history of the city. I thought this was such a cool way of writing a book about a much beloved place, combining the authors' impressions with excerpts from the literature of various famous authors who'd lived there. I especially liked the explanations and histories about locales mentioned in the essays. It is a love letter to Paris really.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on August 21, 2010
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The book "A Literary Paris" uses excerpts from classic stories about Paris that made me feel like I was actually in the city of Paris. I love the picture postcards throughout the book, they add so much to the feel of another place and time. The information given about different places and buildings in Paris make me want to see them for myself. Paris is truly a place rich in history. The book is very well written and has an attractive cover. It is unlike any book I have ever read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read.

Barbara
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