The latest in my musings on Paris as one of the world’s great cities:
Charles Dickens is amongst the most English of writers, and and remains even today as one of Britain’s best known novelists. He also traveled to the US and Canada, and penned a collection of his observations on America, as well as including the US as the setting in portions of some of his articles and books. That said, one of his most famous works, “A Tale of Two Cities,” is set in Paris and London. Dickens spent substantial time in Paris, including with his family, and wrote while there. One of his works, “Little Dorrit,” was largely written in Paris; the title character is believed to be based on his first childhood love.
Of the city itself, he wrote: “What an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world.”