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The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh

William Makepeace Thackeray

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A set of Malays, drunk with bang, and running the muck, a company of howling dervishes, may possibly, at our own day, go through similar frantic vagaries; but I doubt if any civilised European people but the French would permit and enjoy such scenes. But our neighbours see little shame in them; and it is very true that men of all classes, high and low, here congregate and give themselves up to the disgusting worship of the genius of the place. From the dandy of the Boulevard and the Café Anglais, let us turn to the dandy of ‘Flicoteau’s’ and the Pays Latin—the Paris student, whose exploits among the grisettes are celebrated, and whose fierce republicanism keeps gendarmes for ever on the alert. The following is M. de B. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A completely under-rated work. The anthology is posed as a sketchbook about Paris and about the French, all supposedly created by a Mr Titmarsh. In it, Mr T not only captured the scenes of life in France, but also injected a fair amount of commentary from an English perspective. In one story (the ca

"I adore you, and all that sort of thing." Choice line fr
"Vanity Fair." This edition of "Paris" has satiric
drawings by aka Titmarsh. I had no idea WMT wanted to be
an artist. Sketches of G Sand, Versailles and other
fripperies are modest. There could be more tea in the pot.

The Paris Sketch Book is a collection of witty pieces written for various journals that shows Thackeray’s insight into both English and French character. His ability to perceive each culture with the eyes of both gives his artistic renderings a depth and stereophonic reverberation that a wholly outs