I Love Paris in the Spring Time: Vote for the April Circuit

We love Paris in the springtime, and in April we will be traveling to Paris to visit one of these four classic nineteenth century French authors.

  • Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) is one of the most widely read French novelists today. His historical novels of high adventure were often serialized, capturing the attention of the French public then and entertaining generations still.
  • Victor Hugo (1802-1885) contributed largely to the romantic movement in France, through his essays, stories, novels, poetry, and plays. His works focus on the social and political issues of his time. Although most well known in France for his poetry, his novels (such as Les Miserables) are more well known outside of the country.
  • George Sand (1804-1876) was the pen name for Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, who is called the first female novelist of France. Although she lived an unorthodox life for nineteenth century France, Sand did not describe herself as a feminist. Her fiction focuses on the restrictions and challenges that women face because of social class and gender.
  • Emile Zola (1840-1902) became an important contributor to the literary school of naturalism. He wrote numerous short stories, four plays, and more than a dozen books. His books focus on how environment and heredity inevitably affect human character.

Which author would you like to visit the Circuit in April?


  1. #1 by Amateur Reader on February 9, 2010 - 9:21 am

    Going for some long books this time!

  2. #2 by Karenlibrarian on February 9, 2010 - 1:58 pm

    This sounds great, I’ve read very little French lit and I have a long list of French works on my to-read list.

  3. #3 by JaneGS on February 11, 2010 - 10:26 am

    I have never read anything by George Sand, and I can’t think of a better motivator than to participate in this tour!

  4. #4 by Cat on February 11, 2010 - 7:12 pm

    I haven’t read anything by George Sand either so she has my vote but I’d go with any of them.

  5. #5 by Trish on February 12, 2010 - 10:00 am

    Currently reading Les Miserables right now (very slowly). Maybe I’ll actually be done by April! Actually the plan is to read one part a month, so more likely June.

  6. #6 by Lindsey on February 12, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    This was a tough choice! I picked Zola because I’ve recently bought a couple of his books but haven’t read them yet. I actually haven’t read any of these authors though, so I will participate regardless of how the vote goes!

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