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A Little Tour in France epub ebook

by Leon Edel,Henry James

A Little Tour in France epub ebook

Author: Leon Edel,Henry James
Category: History & Criticism
Language: English
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 1, 1983)
Pages: 304 pages
ISBN: 0374189560
ISBN13: 978-0374189563
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 569
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A Little Tour in France Paperback – 27 June 1985. by Henry James (Author), Leon Edel (Introduction).

A Little Tour in France Paperback – 27 June 1985. Invented this new TAG for my cataloguing, and as it is rare for me not to finish a book, I doubt it will get much future use. But regretfully, with this work the game, as they say, was not worth the candle.

A Little Tour in France is a book of travel writing by American writer Henry James. Originally published under the title En Province in 1883–1884 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly, the book recounts a six-week tour James made of many provincial towns in France, including Tours, Bourges, Nantes, Toulouse, Arles and several others. The first book publication was in 1884.

A Little Tour in France book

A Little Tour in France book. Henry James has taken me on an interesting tour of France, starting in the Loire valley, then on to Brittany via Loches and Bourges, also visiting the Bordeaux region before heading south to Provence and then returning to Paris via the Burgundy region. Locations 53-55: The Palais de Justice was the seat of the Government of Leon Gambetta in the autumn of 1870, after the dictator had been obliged to retire in his balloon from Paris, and before the Assembly was constituted at Bordeaux.

James, Henry, 1843-1916. Book digitized by Google from the library of the University of California and uploaded to the Internet Archive by user tpb. Published September 1884. Cf. Edel & Laurence Originally appeared in the At. .antic monthly, 1883-84 under title: En Provence Edel & Laurence. MoreLess Show More Show Less.

Title: A Little Tour in France (Oxford Paperbacks) Item Condition: used item in a very good condition. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr ISBN 13: 9780192814708. Will be clean, not soiled or stained. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

A Little Tour in France is a book of travel writing by Henry James. He conceived the book as a description of and even homage to the provinces. James had tried living in Paris before settling in London in 1876. He returned to France in 1882 to discover more of French provincial life than he had previously been able to see. Read on the Scribd mobile app.

A Little Tour in France by Henry James (Paperback, 1985). Good Condition: A book that has been read, but is in good condition. Minimal damage to the book cover eg. scuff marks, but no holes or tears. If this is a hard cover, the dust jacket may be missing.

A Little Tour in France has been added to your Cart. The true strength of the book is James' astonishing erudition. He KNOWS what has occurred historically in the various towns, and "points of interest," perhaps better than the natives themselves

A Little Tour in France has been added to your Cart. He KNOWS what has occurred historically in the various towns, and "points of interest," perhaps better than the natives themselves. Consider: "Normandy is Normandy, Burgundy is Burgundy, Provence is Provence; but Touraine is essentially France. Originally published under the title En Province in 1883–1884 as a serial in The Atlantic Monthly. Henry James, (born April 15, 1843, New York, New York, . died February 28, 1916, London, England), American novelist and, as a naturalized English citizen from 1915, a great figure in the transatlantic culture

Генри Джеймс A Little Tour in France. In the same street, on the other side, a little below, is something better worth your visit than the shrine of Saint Martin.

Генри Джеймс A Little Tour in France. III. I have mentioned the church of Saint Martin, which was for many years the sacred spot, the shrine of pilgrimage, of Tours. Knock at a high door in a white wall (there is a cross above it), and a fresh-faced sister of the convent of the Petit Saint Martin will let you into the charming little cloister, or rather fragment of a cloister. Only one side of this exqui- site structure remains, but the whole place is effective.

A Little Tour in France mirrors the sensibility of a thoroughly urbane traveler, one who is trying to overcome his prejudice against the rural, and sometimes against the French themselves (neither without a trace of irony). This wonderful volume still retains its usefulness as a practical guidebook to provincial France a hundred years later.
Reviews (7)
Although there were plenty of typos, as it was evident the typist was in a hurry, this book nevertheless inspired me to actually see what areas where James travelled. I wondered during his tour how much the landscape was changed over that more-than-hundred year span through wars, two big ones, as well as many places he mentioned that had not been renovated, but now are. All I had to do was google each place of interest, since obviously in a volunteer-typed kindle book, there are no accompanying photos. I began to collect many pictures which I shared on social media, to much delight of friends. I also was inspired to zoom in with google earth's little man, who carried me to street level to see the streets and monuments where James had walked. This was a tour well worth doing, even if I had to do it virtually. Oh by the way, I picked up on this book after reading David McCullough's Americans in Paris, which I also highly recommend to history buffs. Henry James was one of those Americans McCullough talked about. Anyone familiar with McCullough will know he does extensive research, and this one is no exception.

This is a little book that Henry James wrote to describe his impressions of the France in the 1880s. Art work has been added. Please understand that this is Not up to the level of this writers best literature(which I consider to be his short stories). I therefore give Mr. James writing of this book 3 stars and add 1 star for the artwork. I do not recommend this book if you are planning a trip to France-much has changed since the 1880s. But if you are looking to spend a few hours reading about another place and another time, this is a pleasent read.

Planning a trip to France's countryside? This is a must read for one who enjoys taking your time strolling the grounds and interiors of some of France's most lovely cathedrals, chateaux, etc. With lots of history thrown in, Henry James works his dreamy magic on the senses. And it's free.

This is an elegant edition of elegant writing about elegant France. It is hard cover and has a beautifully illustrated dustcover and pretty drawings and paintings of buildings in fin de siecle France.
If you appreciate Henry James you will find it delightful both physically and 'literarily'.

The only thing is, it took its time getting through the mail to me. i had begun to despair.

Henry James wrote a lovely book, but the typography in this edition is amazingly poor. There are unneeded hyphenations, misspelled words and other oddities, as if it had been transcribed by a non-English-speaker. I haven't read other editions, but I find it hard to believe that James intended it this way.

Henry James was a prolific American (and British, taking the nationality before he died) writer, known for his dense, rich prose, and long, sometimes convoluted descriptive passages. In particular, he preferred to "straddle" the Atlantic, focusing on the respective characteristics of Europeans and Americans which seemed to define and differentiate them. His most famous works are novels, such as Daisy Miller (Dover Thrift Editions),The Bostonians (Penguin Classics), and The Ambassadors (Penguin Classics). James travelogue of France is less well-known than another work which covered portions of France and was written 15 years earlier, Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad (Wordsworth Classics), but is equally worthy of a reader's attention.

The "Little Tour" starts in the autumn of 1882, and lasts six weeks. James commences in the Loire Valley, touring most of its chateaux, then heads out to the Atlantic coast at Nantes, south to Bordeaux, east to Provence, covering primarily the portion west of the Rhone River, and then north to Burgundy. It rained a lot, and that, coupled with a rather ambitious itinerary, forcing him to move virtually every day, which seemed to accent James' dyspeptic mood. For sure, it is not all "Chamber of Commerce" gloss.

The true strength of the book is James' astonishing erudition. He KNOWS what has occurred historically in the various towns, and "points of interest," perhaps better than the natives themselves. Consider: "Normandy is Normandy, Burgundy is Burgundy, Provence is Provence; but Touraine is essentially France. It is the land of Rabelais, of Descartes, of Balzac, of good books and good company, as well as good dinners and good houses. George Sand has somewhere a charming passage about the mildness, the convenient quality, of physical conditions of central France: `son climat souple et chaud, ses pluies abondantes et courtes.'" James likes the chateau at Blois, as for Chambord, "...a touch of that quality of stupidity." Before departing for the coast, James takes a side trip south, to see the magnificent cathedral at Bourges, one that certainly rivals Notre Dame in Paris. He does not take the opportunity to visit the home of George Sand, who died six years earlier, in nearby Nohant. In Nantes he is impressed with the work of the sculptor, Paul Dubois, who created "...one of the purest and most touching of modern tombs."

Bordeaux does not even merit three pages; James finds Toulouse of more interest, in particular Saint-Sernin, "one of the noblest churches in southern France..." James admits spending only a few hours at Carcassonne, and considers "...those hours had rounded felicity." He had a better day than I; at least in its more modern incarnation it reeks "tourist trap." Narbonne is a "dirty little town." In Nimes, he heaps a fair amount of abuse on the "Maison Carree." He also takes in the Fountaine de Vaucluse, famous as the site where Petrarch composed his love sonnets to Laura; as well as Pont du Gard, Arles, and Les Baux. His guide of over a century ago was responsible for me visiting the Aliscamps in Arles, and "seeing" the Elysian Fields that he proposed. Then he turns north, heads to Burgundy, via Macon. He concludes his tour visiting Beaune and Dijon.

Like numerous others before and since, James concludes his "Little Tour" by expressing admiration for the planning and use of public space. In particular, it was a "charming public garden" in Dijon, which he enjoyed almost exclusively by himself as autumn deepened... "and as the light fade in the Parc the vision of some of the things I had enjoyed became more distinct."

Overall, my own pace would have necessitated the elimination of at least half the places on the tour, not that they were without merit, but simply so as to savor the others the better. "The pleasures of travel do not go to the swift..." Still, if you are going to France, or are fortunate to live there, this book will be more valuable than many a normal tourist guide. 5-stars.

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