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Bernier, Olivier

Works: 56 works in 192 publications in 3 languages and 9,727 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Records and correspondence  Personal correspondence  Autobiographies  Pictorial works  Catalogs 
Roles: Author, Translator, Author of introduction, Editor, Other, Creator
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Most widely held works by Olivier Bernier
Louis XIV : a royal life by Olivier Bernier( Book )

10 editions published between 1987 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a biography of the Sun King who ruled France from 1651 until 1715
The world in 1800 by Olivier Bernier( Book )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a chronicle of the year 1800, looking at what was happening in civilizations around the world at the dawn of the modern era
Lafayette : hero of two worlds by Olivier Bernier( Book )

13 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in English and French and held by 1,137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lafayette is known as a man who loved liberty so well that he devoted his life to it. He fought for liberty in America as well as in France. But whereas he is known as a hero in America, he is often considered to be either a traitor or a fool in France
Louis the Beloved : the life of Louis XV by Olivier Bernier( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and German and held by 834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Der französische König Ludwig XV, wird in der Geschichtsschreibung fast durchgängig als schwach, faul und genusssüchtig dargestellt. Das will der Autor korrigieren. Ludwig ist für ihn ein äbegabter, edler und wohlwollenderä Monarch, der seine Epoche persönlich erheblich nachhaltiger beeinflusste als gemeinhin anerkannt
Words of fire, deeds of blood : the mob, the monarchy, and the French Revolution by Olivier Bernier( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the French Revolution recounting the events that signaled the birth of modern France
Fireworks at dusk : Paris in the Thirties by Olivier Bernier( Book )

8 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paris has always been a magical place for artistic and cultural life. Now, in this splendid, sparkling book, Olivier Bernier chronicles Paris's most dazzling decade, the 1930s. For at that time Paris was especially brilliant; as art, culture, and society reached spectacular achievements, the city was considered to be the center of civilization. Yet at the same time, Paris was spiraling dangerously downward to the political and economic disaster of World War II. In Fireworks at Dusk, Olivier Bernier paints a stunning portrait of Paris amidst the vibrant hysteria--artistic, social, cultural, and political--that defined the decade. By the 1930s, following the whirlwind of the 1920s and transformed by the "war to end all wars," Parisian society was mad for pleasure, with great open-air parties, lavish costume balls, scintillating nightclubs, and splendid cafes. Here is Paris at a time when its leading citizens dressed better, gave more glamorous parties, were wittier and more amusing than their counterparts anywhere else. In these pages, Bernier gathers together the great names, fortunes, and talents of the period--artists, writers, designers, party givers, and political figures: Picasso, Dalí, Gide, Giraudoux, Jean Renoir, Malraux, Cocteau, Schiaparelli, Janet Flanner, Elsa Maxwell, Lady Mendl, the comtesse de Fels, the princesse de Polignac, Léon Blum, Paul Reynaud, and Charles de Noailles, to name but a few. On any given night one could make a beeline for the Casino de Paris to hear Josephine Baker sing her signature tune, "J'ai Deux Amours"; drink lethal alcoholic concoctions such as the Three Mile Limit while rubbing shoulders with the social elite of the Tout-Paris; attend the premiere of Enesco's Oedipe; and if one wore the very latest Schiaparelli, one could wind up as an item in Genêt's (Janet Flanner's) lively, witty column in The New Yorker. Not only were society and the arts communicating again, but both cultures were intertwined and thriving, and these extraordinary stories reveal on the most intimate level what was happening to Paris at this vibrant time. Yet beyond the walled gardens of the lavish costume balls, the city resonated with the footsteps of striking workers, political drumbeats, and the stomping of German boots. Olivier Bernier also depicts the city of light crumbling into a city under siege from the gathering political storm in Europe. He describes the World's Fair of 1937, set along the banks of the Seine, where the Spanish pavilion included Picasso's Guernica and the German pavilion was decorated with an enormous swastika. There is also a famous episode in which the mistresses of two prominent politicians squared off in a battle to promote the ascendance of their favorite candidate. Fireworks at Dusk is a richly detailed account of the extraordinary artistic, political, cultural, and social life of Paris in the 1930s, and a thorough examination of the city's anguishing and inexorable slide toward World War II. Olivier Bernier elegantly captures the mood and spirit of this city of paradoxes--the city of light at its most brilliant moment, and perhaps its final burst of light: fireworks at dusk
The eighteenth-century woman by Olivier Bernier( Book )

10 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Secrets of Marie Antoinette by Marie Antoinette( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pleasure and privilege : life in France, Naples, and America, 1770-1790 by Olivier Bernier( Book )

8 editions published between 1981 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Only those who lived before the Revolution know how sweet life can be," Talleyrand wrote, many years before the event. Those who dip into Olivier Bernier's lively pages will discover just how sweet, how deep the pleasure, how precious the privilege. For he has populated this book with real people and offers real facts about them and their societies, all based on personal letters, memoirs, diaries, and biographies. The result is fascinating history, filled with irony and contradiction. French culture during the 1770s and 1780s bloomed as it never had before (or never has since), producing the most etiquette-ridden, frivolous, glittering, and useless aristocracy since Louis XVI carried the court off to Versailles a hundred years earlier. Yet this spendthrift culture also produced the beginnings of just about everything "modern" we take for granted - fast communications, fast foods, and mass production, to name only a few. It was a remarkable era by any standards, giving rise to ideas of liberty that in the end buried the very monarchy that sacrificed to make them a reality in the United States. It was an era that saw the rise of the colony of San Leucio, boasting an elected assembly with nobility, required education, and vaccination - all in the midst of the kingdom of Naples, ruled over by Marie Antoinette's slightly more clever sister and a court as irresponsible and even more disorganized (with candelabra but no plates for dining) than the French model it slavishly aped.Bernier has given us a marvelously spirited view of those two pivotal decades when modern history began, when royalty and revolution, ironically, joined unwilling and violent hands to usher in a new age
At the court of Napoleon : memoirs of the Duchesse d'Abrantès by Laure Junot Abrantès( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1992 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Renaissance princes by Olivier Bernier( Book )

7 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and photographs present art treasures of the Medici and other great Italian houses of the Renaissance
The three worlds of Leonid by Leonid Berman( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Italy : the best travel writing from the New York times( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lavishly illustrated tribute to the locales and culture of Italy features the writings of such contributors as Jan Morris, Francine Prose, and Muriel Spark, in a collection of essays that encompass historical information, personal anecdotes, and travel tips
Venice II by Fulvio Roiter( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imperial mother, royal daughter : the correspondence of Marie Antoinette and Maria Theresa by Marie Antoinette( Book )

3 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art & craft by Olivier Bernier( Book )

3 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ludwig XIV. : eine Biographie by Olivier Bernier( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2003 in German and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'architecture au siècle des lumières : baroque et post-baroque en Angleterre, en Italie et en France by Emil Kaufmann( Book )

9 editions published between 1955 and 1963 in French and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world in 1800 by Olivier Bernier( Book )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

". . . For the first time ever, the world was one, united by war and by the survival of that most ancient of evils, slavery. Already during the Seven Years' War, from 1756 to1763, fighting had ranged across the continents and across the oceans; but it had been disorganized and relatively brief, a series of spasms rather than a new way of being. The wars of the French Revolution, from 1792 to 1815, changed all that. Now the leading nations--France and Great Britain particularly--had worldwide strategies. What happened in Rio, Cairo, Calcutta, or Cape Town mattered to the governments in Paris and London; and each movement of the adversaries caused consequences thousands of miles away."--from introduction
Dali : the wines of gala by Salvador Dalí( Book )

5 editions published between 1978 and 2017 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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