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Episode 19 extras

May 1, 2018

This section put a bunch of new places on our Google map, and will make it especially useful, I think, to look at the 1823 map.

Here is a link to the memoirs of Vidocq (in French and in English), which were a sensation in 1828. And the man himself:

Eugène François Vidocq, portrait by Achille Devéria


And here, two of the Contes Fantastiques of Théophile Gautier: "La Morte Amoureuse" in French, translated as "Clarimonde" in English; and "Le Pied de momie" in French, "The Mummy's Foot" in English

And Gautier, in all his bohemian splendor (a bit later in life than the publication of these stories):