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Cavorting with strangers; great ideas and their champions: Paris.


Cavorting with strangers; great ideas and their champions: Paris.

Butler, F. Patrick.

Cypress House


564 pages




Butler (Franklin College, Switzerland) employs the fictional account of out-of-work American editor newly hired as a Paris tour guide and her orientation tutor, one Professor Levasseur, who takes her around the city meeting and conversing with a range of characters as a device for introducing the lives and cultural impact of significant French historical figures. The individuals Butler has chosen to focus on are philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), novelist Victor Hugo (1802-1885), impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926), composer Maurice Ravel (1875-1937), fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971), President Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970), philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), and ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997)

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Date:May 1, 2007
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