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The MaraisThe Story of a Quartier$
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Keith Reader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621044

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621044.001.0001

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‘Grass grows, a passer-by is an event and everybody knows everybody else’

‘Grass grows, a passer-by is an event and everybody knows everybody else’

The revolutionary and post-revolutionary period

(p.43) Chapter Two ‘Grass grows, a passer-by is an event and everybody knows everybody else’
The Marais

Keith Reader

Liverpool University Press

This recounts the story of our quartier between 1789 and the turn of the nineteenth century. Canonical literary and cultural figures such as Balzac – the supreme chronicler of nineteenth-century Paris – Victor Hugo and the film-maker Marcel Carné, whose Les Enfants du paradis is set at the limit of the area, are discussed side by side with less prominent but nonetheless important names such as the influential Romantic Théophile Gautier, Alphonse Daudet and Eugène Sue whose Les Mystères de Paris is a much-undervalued precursor of Naturalism. This period saw the appearance of the first guide-books, references to the Marais in which are cited and analysed, and towards the end the arrival of increasing numbers of Jewish residents, whose presence then and thereafter has been a major factor in the quartier’s identity.

Keywords:   Balzac, Hugo, Carné/Prévert, Sue, guide-books, Jewish studies

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