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About the Author: Paul de Kock

Charles Paul de Kock began life as a banker's clerk. For the most part he resided on the Boulevard St. Martin, and was one of the most inveterate of Parisians.

He began to write for the stage very early, and composed many operatic libretti. His first novel, L'Enfant de ma femme (1811), was published at his own expense. In 1820 he began his long and successful series of novels dealing with Parisian life with Georgette, ou la Ni├Ęce du tabellion. His period of greatest and most successful activity was the Restoration and the early days of Louis Philippe.

He was relatively less popular in France itself than abroad, where he was considered as the special painter of life in Paris. Major Pendennis' remark (in the novel "Pendennis" by the English author William Makepeace Thackeray) that he had read nothing of the novel kind for thirty years except Paul de Kock, who certainly made him laugh, is likely to remain one of the most durable of his testimonials, and may be classed with the legendary question of a foreign sovereign to a Frenchman who was paying his respects, Vous venez de Paris et vous devez savoir des nouvelles. Comment se porte Paul de Kock? The 1920 Encyclopedia Americana attributes his greater popularity abroad to his style, which it describes as his worst feature . . . barely presentable, a fault evidently due to deficiency of education. . . . the defects of style disappear in translation.

The disappearance of the grisette and of the cheap dissipation described by Henri Murger practically made Paul de Kock obsolete. But to the student of manners his portraiture of low and middle class life in the first half of the 19th century at Paris still has its value.


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, Published in Jan 1970 by Nabu Press

ISBN10: 1147763585 | ISBN13: 9781147763584

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Primary Id: B0956604
PSM Id: NCCOF0063-C00000-B0956604
DVI Collection Id: NCCOC0062
Bibliographic Id: NCCO019171
Reel: 7722
MCODE: 4UVC
Original Publisher: J. -N. Barba, editeur-proprietaire, et Au Magasin des Pieces de Theatres
Original Publication Year: 1826
Original Publication Place: Paris
Original Imprint Manufacturer: Imprimerie de David


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