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Gilded Youth Three Lives in France's Belle Époque



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They were the children of France's most celebrated men of nineteenth-century letters and science, the celebrity heirs and heiresses of their day. Their lives were the subject of scandal, gossip, and fascination. Leon Daudet was the son of the popular writer Alphonse Daudet. Jean-Baptiste Charcot was the son of the famed neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, mentor to a young Sigmund Freud. And Jeanne Hugo was the adored granddaughter of the immortal Victor Hugo. As France readied herself for the dawn of a new century, these childhood friends seemed poised for greatness. InGilded Youth, Kate Cambor paints a portrait of a generation lost in upheaval. While France weathered social unrest, violent crime, the birth of modern psychology, and the dawn of World War I, these three young adults experienced the disorientation of a generation forced to discover that the faith in science and progress that had sustained their fathers had failed them. With masterful storytelling, Cambor captures the hopes and disillusionments of those who were destined to see the golden world of their childhood disappearand the universal challenges that emerge as the dreams of youth collide with the realities of experience.

Author Biography

Kate Cambor received her Ph.D. in history from Yale University. She has written for The American Scholar and The American Prospect, among other periodicals. Cambor lives in New York City. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 3
Tuesday Lessonsp. 17
The Group of Fivep. 37
Hauteville Housep. 65
Babies of the Republicp. 87
In Sickness and in Healthp. 105
Degenerationp. 121
Degradationp. 141
The Heiress and the Polar Gentlemanp. 169
The Polemicistp. 203
Sins of the Fatherp. 227
The Final Voyagep. 249
The Final Chapterp. 269
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 299
Acknowledgmentsp. 309
Indexp. 311
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