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( 1989). ians, the French y as they take icular attracting ectors since the ays. Head to race the steps of e titular heroine of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film, ( 2001). Walk the same streets that inspired such literary giants as Hemingway, George Orwell, James Joyce, and Oscar Wilde ( www. parisinsight. com/ walking. html) before heading out of Paris to visit the home of one of France’s own: the enigmatic writer George Sand. Born Aurore Dupin in 1804, Sand adopted the pseudonym in time for the publication of her debut novel. ( 1832). Sand rubbed shoulders and much else with some of the great men of her time, including conducting an affair with Chopin. Sand also exchanged a friendly correspondence with the author of the French modernist classic ( 1856), the occasional curmudgeon Gustave Flaubert.
Celebrated as the first female French author of significance, this prolific, deliciously scandalous writer’s home is today open to the public ( http:// maisongeorge-sand. monments-nationaux. fr). .
Over in Germany, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe expired the same year Sand made her debut in France, the poet, novelist and playwright making his mortal mark between 1749-1832. Regarded as one of the giants of Western literature, Goethe’s most famous work is undoubtedly the two-part poetic drama,