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Knopf, 1986 - Fiction - 273 pages
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Ablaze with intellectual and social change, Paris in the 1830s and 1840s beckons to two English brothers-Frederick and Charles Courtland, an architect and a priest-each of whom is struggling for self-definitionand social recognition. Of their lives and this world Sennett has made a remarkable work of fiction that transports the reader into nineteenth century Europe and into the nature and inconsistencies of culture and faith, and the way each is shaped by the passage of time.

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Victorian London and Paris in the grip of the revolutionary fervorpolitical and artisticof the 1830s and 1840s provide a vibrant background to the 40-year correspondence of the Courtland family ... Read full review


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Richard Sennett teaches sociology at the London School of Economics and New York University

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