Frank Fairfield

Street History

Paris: Biography of a City

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The White Cities: Report From France 1925-39

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‘If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.’ The words, dripping with aching, hopeless nostalgia, are those of Ernest Hemingway, writing, in his shrunken, diminished decrepitude, of his youth in the city of light, when, with his first wife and first child, ‘we were very young and very happy’.

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