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Marcel Proust

From a well-to-do family, young Marcel Proust was a critic, translator and socialite in Paris at the turn of the century. After the deaths of his parents (in 1903 and 1905), Proust retreated from a b…

Brewer's: Lancelot du Lac

One of the earliest romances of the “Round Table” (1494). Sir Lancelot was the son of King Ban of Benwicke, but was stolen in infancy by Vivienne, called “La Dame du Lac,&…

Brewer's: Dame du Lac

A fay, named Vivienne, who plunged with the infant Lancelot into a lake. This lake was a kind of mirage, concealing the demesnes of the lady “en la marche de la petite Bretaigne.&#822…

Brewer's: Chant du Depart

After the Marseillaise, the most celebrated song of the first French Revolution. It was written by M. J. Chénier for a public festival, held June 11th, 1794, to commemorate the taking …

Frank Perdue 2005 Deaths

Frank PerdueAge: 84 chicken farmer whose folksy television commercials for his poultry company made him a household name—and face. When he began appearing in Perdue ads in 1970, annual s…

New Orleans, La.

Mayor: Mitch Landrieu (to May 2018) 2010 census population (rank): 343,829 (51); Male: 166,248 (48.4%); Female: 177,581 (51.6%); White: 113,428 (33.0%); Black: 206,871 (60.2%); American India…

Brewer's: Mettre de la Paille dans ses Souliers

or Mettre du Foin dans ses Bottes. To amass money, to grow rich, especially by illicit gains. The reference is to a practice, in the sixteenth century, followed by beggars to extort alms. &…

Brewer's: Tout est Perdu Hormis L'Honneur

is what Francois I. wrote to his mother after the battle of Pavia. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Tout le MondeTout Ensemble A B C D E F G H I J K …

Brewer's: La Joyeuse

The sword of Charlemagne. (See Sword.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894La Muette de PorticiLa Garde Meurt ne se Rend pas A B C D E F G H I J K L M…

La Bohème

Music:Giacomo PucciniLibretto:Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, based on Scènes de la vie de Bohème by Henri MurgerPremiere:Turin, February 1, 1896 Puccini's most expressive opera d…