George Sand: Her Majorcan Winter of Discontent

By Joni Rendon Never before-and possibly never since-has a Mediterranean island inspired as much enmity as did the Spanish isle […]

Bookstore Review: le lièvre de mars, Marseille, France

by Johanna Pittman Normally I’m not much of a book aesthete—despite a dislike of electronic reading, I’ve never been drawn […]

Review of Les Miserables: The Movie

By Jessica Ellen Monk Strictly speaking, Les Misérables is not a Literary Adaption; it’s based on the musical, not the Victor Hugo […]

Caodai Calling: Victor Hugo’s Vietnam

A traveler to an architectural oddity in Tay Ninh, Vietnam, tunes in to the otherworldy call of a wacky bizarro cult.

The Opera Garnier: An Eerie Tour of Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera

by Kathryn Yelinek Like any good mystery writer, Gaston Leroux builds his novels in layers. On one layer, his The […]

Back to Balzac

by P.B. LeCron Most sightseers who venture into Paris’ chic, residential Passy neighborhood go there to admire the quarter’s lavish […]

Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare & Company, A Mecca for Contemporary Literature

by Virginie Raguenaud When the French bookshop La Maison des Amis des Livres opened its doors on November 15, 1915, […]

Understanding Joie de Vivre, Touring the French Institute Alliance Francaise

by Jennifer Ciotta Unfortunately, I could not travel to France this spring so I decided to bring the country to me in New York […]

Alexandre Dumas and Monte-Cristo

By Patti Lecron “Ah! Monte-Cristo is one of the most delicious follies ever made. It is the most royal bonbonniere […]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Short Period of My Life’s Happiness at Charmettes

by Dan Kane and Shawn Clankie The Savoie denotes both a region and province in southeastern France, comprising roughly that […]