||[Aug. 1st, 2006|11:21 pm]
Finished a book from the library the other day, Americans in Paris: Great Short Stories of the City of Light, and had to write out for my own reference one of the author's obligatory nod to my favorite 1920s alcoholic literary couple. I already sent it back so I can't tell you which author it was, but this was from the last story.
"With George pulling at the leash, she took many long solitary walks in her quartier, going from Rue Bonaparte to St. Sulpice, to Place de l'Odeon, exploring the little streets in between -- a lot of the streets were named after French writers: Corneille, Racine, Crebillon, and Regnard -- then returning home along rue Vaugirard where Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald had lived for a few months. Their building had large elegant French windows and wrought-iron balconies that opened onto the Luxembourg Gardens; also the setting for the Norths' apartment in Tender is the Night: "high above the green mass of leaves." Each time she went by, it was not hard for her to imagine parties there, and Zelda, in particular, holding a glass of champagne and standing at the window on a warm summer night, looking out with her dark despairing eyes."