French novelist, was
See also:born at Passy on the 21st of May 1793 . He was a
See also:child, his
See also:father, a hanker of Dutch extraction, having been a victim of the Terror . Paul de
See also:Kock began
See also:life as a banker's clerk . For the most
See also:part he resided on the
See also:Boulevard St
See also:Martin, and was one of the most inveterate of Parisians . He died in
See also:Paris on the 27th of
See also:April 1871 . He began to write for the stage very early, and composed many operatic libretti . His first novel, L'Enf
See also:ant de ma femme (1811), was published at his own expense . In 182o he began his long and successful series of novels dealing with Parisian life with Georgette, ou la mere du Tabellion . His
See also:period of greatest and most successful activity was the Restoration and the early days of
See also:Louis Philippe . He was relatively less popular in France itself than abroad, where he was considered as the
See also:special painter of life in Paris . Major Pendennis's remark that he had read nothing of the novel kind for
See also:thirty years except Paul de Kock, " who certainly made him laugh," is likely to remain one of the most durable of his testimonials, and may be classed with the legendary question of a
See also:sovereign to a Frenchman who was paying his respects, "
See also:Vous venez de Paris et vous devez savoir
See also:des nouvelles . Comment se
See also:porte Paul de Kock?" The disappearance of the grisette and of the cheap dissipation described by
See also:Henri Murger practically made Paul de Kock obsolete .
But to the student of
See also:manners his
See also:portraiture of low and
See also:middle class life in the first
See also:half of the 19th century at Paris still has its value . The
See also:works of Paul de Kock are very numerous . With the exception of a few not very felicitous excursions into
See also:romance and some
See also:miscellaneous works of which his
See also:share in La Grande Dille, Paris (1842), is the chief, they are all stories of middle-class Parisian life, of guinguettes and cabarets and equivocal adventures of one sort or another . The most famous are
See also:Andre le Savoyard (1825) and Le Barbier de Paris (1826) . His Memoires were published in 1893 . See also Th . Trimm, La
See also:Vie de
See also:Charles Paul de Kock (1893) .
ROBERT KOCH (1843–1910)
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