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by Jerome Weeks 17 Mar 2008

  Parisian Boulevard, Edouard Cortez — were indigent writers, 672 of them in Paris alone. They were mostly hacks, says Robert Danton who has pieced together the life of the author of Les Bohemiens, a two-volume novel from 1790, a “lost masterpiece” that started it all. Consider this during Puccini’s La Boheme. Or Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge: […]

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Eduard Cortez, Parisian Boulevard 

Parisian Boulevard, Edouard Cortez

— were indigent writers, 672 of them in Paris alone. They were mostly hacks, says Robert Danton who has pieced together the life of the author of Les Bohemiens, a two-volume novel from 1790, a “lost masterpiece” that started it all.

Consider this during Puccini’s La Boheme. Or Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge: The bohemians often made their livings as professional libellers.

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