Novels Set in Paris

atkins-bookshelf-literatureGertrude Stein called them the “Lost Generation” — a group of post-WWI disillusioned writers that were drawn to Europe following the siren’s call of innovative artistic (eg, Dadaism, Cubism, and Surrealism) and literary sensibility. In the 1920s, young writers F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway traveled to Paris, joining established writers like Stein, T. S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound to achieve what Nathaniel Hawthorne called “the distance of objectivity” in order to examine America. Paris had a great influence on Hemingway. “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man,” he wrote, “then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”

“The love affair between Paris and writers has been a long and passionate one, whether authors are writing from Paris or about it.” observes Jessica Doyle writing for Abebooks. “For centuries, the city has been host to an array of love stories, murder mysteries and dramas, from timeless tales like Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame to ground-breaking modern literature like Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer.

Longing for the beauty and richness of Paris life, the book curators at Abebooks have carefully collected their favorite books set in the City of Lights that inspired the Lost Generation and all the writers that followed.

James Baldwin: Giovanni’s Room
Ray Bradbury: We’ll Always Have Paris
Susan Conley: Paris Was the Place
Anthony Doerr: All the Light We Cannot See
Anna Gavalda: Hunting and Gathering
Kristin Hannah: The Nightingale
Ernest Hemingway: A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
Victor Hugo: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Claude Inner: Murder on the Eiffel Tower
Henry James: The Ambassadors
W. Somerset Maugham: The Razor’s Edge
Paula McLain: The Paris Wife
Henry Miller: Tropic of Cancer
George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London
Emile Zola: The Ladies’ Delight

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