The Grand Literary Cafes of Europe

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New Holland Publishers, 2006 - Travel - 160 pages
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Since the 16th century, coffee has been the beverage of choice to inspire thought, argument and dream as well as the impetus for the origin of the coffeehouse. The café - whether called caffe, Kaffeehaus, Kawiarnia or coffeehouse - has been central to urban and artistic life. In Europe and elsewhere, it is a place to start and end the day, to read, compose, gossip, debate or mull over the intricacies of a chess move. This beautifuly illustrated book takes the reader on a tour of the great literary cafés of Europe, encompassing cities as diverse as London, Lisbon, Budapest, Barcelona, Rome and Prague. Focusing on the famous writers and artists who frequented these historic places, author Noël Riley-Fitch celebrates the cafés' architecture, history and tradition, providing an insight to their enduring charm and popularity, shown through almost 150 photographs.

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About the author (2006)

Noel Riley Fitch is a historian, biographer, and lecturer. She occasionally teaches writing and literature courses for the University of Southern California and the American University in Paris. Her permanent home is in Los Angeles.

Andrew Midgley's work includes 'Discovering Roman Britain' (New Holland). He lectures in photography and exhibits regularly in galleries nationwide.

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