166, blvd. du Montparnasse
“Any true work of art has got to give you the feeling of reconciliation—what the Greeks would call catharsis, the purification of your mind and imagination—through an ending that is endurable because it is right and true.”
– Katherine Anne Porter, The Art of Fiction No. 29 (The Paris Review, Winter-Spring 1963)
Sometime between 1933 and 1936 Katherine Anne Porter lived in this building. I’ve never read anything by Ms. Porter but after a little poking around I plan to rectify that.
40ish years earlier Mlle Ida Waugh* lived across the street at number 161.
And in 1906 Amy Ella Blanchard lived a few blocks west at 116, blvd. du Montparnasse.
*More on Amy and Ida here (“Girls Together” by Meganne Fabrega** on The Paris Review Blog).
**Letter and entry from a book listing Paris salons courtesy of Ms. Fabrega.