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Richard Cobb Paris and Elsewhere

David Gilmore (Edited By)

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ISBN 10: 0719554691 / ISBN 13: 9780719554698
Published by John Murray, London, England, 1998
Used Condition: Very Good+ Hardcover
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This is a Literature hardback in Very Good+ condition Good++ jacket. c1988,1st Edition. This is a very solid and square book with sharp gilt lettering on the spine. The edges are nice with a tiny chip on the bottom edge and very mild bottom corner bump. The spine ends are nice with just a touch of wrinkle. The pages are tight, bright, & unmarked, no names. The jacket, with pound price, is bright and clean with some edge wrinkle and top spine end wear. 276 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 016562

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Title: Richard Cobb Paris and Elsewhere

Publisher: John Murray, London, England

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good+

Dust Jacket Condition: Good++

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Richard Cobb, the incomparable historian of the French revolution, had an affinity with France that went beyond academic interest. Living there in the years after the Second World War, he acquired, he felt, a second identity as a Frenchman. But his was not the France best known to visitors. He was drawn, as David Gilmour writes in this introduction, not to the romantic or the beautiful but to their opposites - to the banal, the ordinary, the unheroic, to people and their routines, to tramways and railway stations, townscape of mills and chimneys and back-to-back terraced houses. He showed no interest in the rich or aristocratic, but moved comfortably between eccentric bourgeois and criminal anarchic working class. His closest French friend was a deserter and a thief. Cobb never set out to record his unique encounter with the French. Instead, he explored it piecemeal, in articles or broadcasts or introductions to books no longer obtainable. These writings are collected here for the first time. The France Cobb describes was beginning to disappear long before his death in 1996. The picture presented is, as a result, elegiac, unique and unforgettable.

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Richard Cobb (1917-1996) fell in love with France when he first visited in 1935. He went on to write many works of history—some in French, some in English—about the French Revolution and occupied France.

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