The Measure of Paris by Stephen ScobieThe Measure of Paris by Stephen Scobie

The Measure of Paris

byStephen Scobie

Paperback | June 1, 2010

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Stephen Scobie, flâneur extraordinaire, deftly blends travelogue, memoir, literary criticism, and poetry in The Measure of Paris. He re-presents a "peripatetic speculation" on Paris and those others who have walked and written this "infinite city." Scobie's graceful wanderings into Parisian art, history, architecture, city planning, and flânerie prepare readers for his prolonged meditations on fellow Canadian writers such as Sheila Watson, Mavis Gallant, Gail Scott, Lola Lemire Tostevin, John Glassco, and Gerry Shikatani, and other literary visitors such as Gertrude Stein and Djuna Barnes. Scobie leaves us with personal observations, journal entries and lucid poems to mark and measure his own time there. Seldom do pleasures of form and content align so perfectly. Those who enjoy travel, great writing and great writers, and the city of light will love The Measure of Paris.
Stephen Scobie was born in Scotland and has lived in Canada since 1965, teaching at the Universities of Alberta and Victoria. A widely published poet, he won the Governor General's Award in 1980 for McAlmon's Chinese Opera. He has also published extensively in the criticism of Canadian literature. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society o...
Title:The Measure of ParisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 8.97 × 6.02 × 0.87 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0888645333

ISBN - 13:9780888645333

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"The book, as the note on the back cover says, is a mixture of history, criticism, poetry, and memoir.... This strange mix of materials is beautifully and intelligently executed.... Scobie's book revealed to me a set of ideas that have been out there for a long time-the connection between walking and creativity, but more important for me, I learned that the practicing street photographer is an art-making flâneur.... Anyone interested in Paris or literature associated with Paris will find The Measure of Paris enjoyable and useful, but for me reading it was the beginning of an ongoing revelation." Larry E. Fink, May 18, 2014 [Full post at]