The existential Englishman : Paris among the artists / Michael Peppiatt.
- London : Bloomsbury, 2019.
xiv, 361,  pages ; 25 cm
- Peppiatt, Michael -- Friends and associates.
Peppiatt, Michael -- Homes and haunts -- France -- Paris.
Art historians -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
France -- Paris.
- 'The Existential Englishman' is both a memoir and an intimate portrait of Paris - a city that can enchant, exhilarate and exasperate in equal measure. As Peppiatt remarks: 'You reflect and become the city just as the city reflects and becomes you'. This, then, is one man's not uncritical love letter to Paris. Intensely personal, candid and entertaining, it chronicles Peppiatt's relationship with Paris in a series of vignettes structured around the half-dozen addresses he called home as a plucky young art critic. Having survived the tumultuous riots of 1968, Peppiatt traces his precarious progress from junior editor to magazine publisher, recalling encounters with a host of figures at the heart of Parisian artistic life - from Sartre, Beckett and Cartier-Bresson to Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve.
- Includes index.
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