Growing older in the city of light

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Paris evokes many of the images of a world city. It is a center of political power and transnational corporations, a place for the pursuit of science and artistic creation, a hub for museums and libraries, a transmission belt for fashions and ideas, and so much more. In its heyday (1870-1910)-la belle époque-Paris radiated a sense of youth and boundless energy, since so many young artists were uniquely well anchored in this "capital of light."1 Even at the time of Napoleon Bonaparte, most members of the French Academy were under forty years of age, in contrast to over seventy years today. And a century later, in the 1920s, when Ernest Hemingway recalled memories whose impact stays with you "wherever you go for the rest of your life," Paris also evoked images of youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGrowing Older in World Cities
Subtitle of host publicationNew York, London, Paris, and Tokyo
PublisherVanderbilt University Press
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)0826514898, 9780826514899
StatePublished - 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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