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Octavo, hardcover, VG in VG b & w pictorial dj. A Sparkling Panorama of 'La Belle Epoque': Its Gilded Society, Irrepressible Wits and Splendid Courtesans. The 1890's in Paris were a decade of elegance and perception, a heady mixture of high intellect and frivolous vivacity. Never has there been a period when 'ladies' so commanded society from a position so frequently horizontal--or when wit, so soon to be dulled, flowed faster than wine in the salons of the great hostesses, in the theatre, in the fashionable boulevard restaurants and nightclubs, and in the country chateaux of the beau monde. Never has amorous dalliance been conducted with more finesse--and success--nor duels flourished with greater ceremony and less danger to the participants. 'The great business at hand was pleasure, conducted by a people who knew the seriousness of that business. 262 pp. including index.
Photos & Drawings. Very Good. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Sketches of leading characters and societal structure in Paris, including salons. Book is tight in grey cloth. Cloth has some wear and fading, a little bowed.
Elegant wits and grand horizontals; a sparkling panorama of "la belle epoque," its gilded society, irrepressible wits and splendid courtesans.
by Cornelia Otis Skinner
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