Elliot Paul, an American journalist, first walked into rue de la Huchette in the summer of 1923. “There,” he wrote, “I found Paris.” His biography of the street brings to life a cast of characters, from the stately M de Malancourt to l’Hibou the tramp, from the culturally precocious Hyacinthe to a flock of prostitutes. Their friendship and enmities, culture and way of life are woven into a tapestry as compelling as a novel. Yet as the threat of the Second World War grows, it endows their quiet, heroic lives with tragic poignancy.
Sickle Moon Books, 2001 (1942)