Claude Izner (see previous post) is the pen name of two sisters who together write the “Victor Legris” crime novels. The sisters, Liliane Korb and Laurence Lefevre, also work together as booksellers. They are “bouquinistes”, who sell second hand books from an outdoor stall besides the Seine in Paris.
Top of the list for places to visit on our upcoming trip to Paris is Pere Lachaise cemetery. In fact we are staying in a hotel nearby so we plan to visit the cemetery more than once. It is full of memorials to famous people like Chopin, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison of the Doors fame.
On a previous visit to Pere Lachaise we were impressed by the memorial placed over the grave of Oscar Wilde. It is a sculpture of a Sphinx by famous British sculptor, Jacob Epstein. Visitors to the gravesite were in the habit of leaving a lipstick imprint of a kiss on the Sphinx as can be seen on the photo below. In 2011 a glass barrier was erected to prevent the kisses.
Today is Oscar Wilde’s birthday and a good time to remember the amazing dramatist who gave the world such entertaining plays as “Lady Windermere’s Fan” and “The Importance of being Earnest”.
The State Library of Western Australia is exhibiting a collection of original drawings by the New Zealand writer and illustrator, Lynley Dodd. We had never come across this children’s book writer before, but she is famous world-wide for her books for young children written in rhyme. Her most popular animal characters include Hairy Maclary and Slinky Malinki.
The exhibition at the State Library in Perth runs until 27 January 2016 and is free.
Rodin’s statue of Balzac was never cast in bronze in his lifetime. In 1939, a bronze statue was finally placed at the crossing of the boulevards Montparnasse and Raspail in Paris. There seems to be no particular connection between this location and Balzac’s life in Paris, and the statue is not in a prominent position but hidden away amongst trees.
We are looking forward to a trip to Paris later on this year and plan to visit the Rodin Museum again. On a recent trip to Los Angeles we saw Rodin’s Monument to Honore de Balzac in the sculpture garden at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Rodin laboured for more than seven years on this sculpture – reading the works of the famous author and visiting his home town, in order to capture the essence of his character.