A Literary Guide to Provence

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Swallow Press/Ohio University Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 259 pages
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Provence through the eyes of its writers -- those who wrote of it in Provençal or French and also those visitors who were moved by its beauty -- that is the inspiration behind A Literary Guide to Provence. In this compact travel guide, Marseilles native Daniel Vitaglione presents a literary panorama of the region of southern France from the Avignon of Mistral to Colette's St. Tropez.

Including such sites as the birthplace of Nostradamus and the ruins of the Marquis de Sade's castle, A Literary Guide to Provence presents a thousand years of history entwined with maps and photos that provide readers on tour with a sense of the historical import of this most beautiful of regions even as they experience it firsthand.

Both authors of Provençal ancestry and those who came to love and live in Provence are featured in this comprehensive and enchanting picture of the garden place of France. The Riviera enticed Virginia Woolf. Toulon inspired two novels by Georges Sand. Robert Louis Stevenson resided in Hyères, as did Edith Wharton. Le Lavandou was Willa Cather's favorite place. F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in St. Raphael and Juan-les-Pins, where he wrote Tender is the Night.

This illustrated guide follows in these writers' footsteps, and the practical information on hotels and restaurants (phones, web sites, email, etc.) make it the ideal traveling companion for armchair tourists and those who cannot resist seeing Provence for themselves.

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Vitaglione, the author of several books on French literature and language (The Literature of Provence, McFarland, 2000), takes the reader on a literary ramble of Provence, visiting the land that ... Read full review


Geographic Generalities
Western Provence
Pont du Gard Orange
The High Country and AixenProvence
From Marseille to Cannes 137
From Nice to Menton 199
Notes 241
Index of Names 255

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About the author (2001)

Daniel Vitaglione was born in Marseilles, attended the Lycée Thiers and the University of Provence, and received his Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He has published A Dictionary of Idioms French American, American French. He now lives in Roquebrune in Provence.

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