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Gilded Youth: Three Lives in France's Belle Époque

Kate Cambor.
Publisher FSG  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.6 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780374532246
Pages/Publication Date 323/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21693
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They were the celebrity heirs and heiresses of belle époque France, the children and grandchildren of such famous 19th-century men of letters and science as writer Alphonse Daudet, neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, and the immortal Victor Hugo. And though childhood friends Léon Daudet, Jean-Baptiste Charcot, and Jeanne Hugo seemed poised for greatness, they became instead the subject of scandal, gossip, and fascination. Kate Cambor paints a portrait of a generation lost in the upheavals of social unrest, violent crime, the birth of modern psychology, and the eruption of World War I, unable to uphold the standards of their famous forebears.

"In this dramatic, real-life tale of three intertwined lives, Kate Cambor conveys the dashed hopes not just of families and individuals, but of an entire culture. Jean-Baptiste Charcot, the son of famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (mentor to Sigmund Freud); Léon Daudet, the son of the writer Alphonse Daudet (whose closest friends included Flaubert, Zola, Goncourt and Tolstoy); and Jeanne Hugo, the granddaughter of the writer Victor Hugo, were the celebrity brats of France's Belle Époque.... Gilded Youth is full of glittering things—ideas, salons, dreams—ultimately blinding to the three young people. Paris burns brightly in the background."—LATimes

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