Monuments and plaques (003)
*The plaque beside the door reads:
né à Paris le 22 novembre 1869
habita cette maison de 1926
jusqu’à sa le 19 février 1951
Three random facts about Gide (courtesy of http://www.andre-gide.fr/ ):
- Sometime in 1891, Gide met Oscar Wilde.
- Gide was a Dreyfusard.
- On 13 November 1947 Gide received the Nobel prize for literature.
An audio essay I think Gide would have approved of: Notes on an imagined plaque*** (The Memory Palace)
**Rue Vaneau is named for Louis Marie Anne Vaneau (Rennes, 27 March 1811 – Paris, 29 July1830), a student of the École Polytechnique killed during the Révolution de Juillet/Trois Glorieuses, the second French revolution.
***Monuments and plaques have been all over the (American) news this month of May: Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s speech on removing New Orleans’ Confederate monuments (The Times-Picayune)