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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,

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