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Robb, Graham 1958-

Overview
Works: 59 works in 335 publications in 11 languages and 12,624 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Biography  Romances  Bildungsromans  Biography‡vAnecdotes  Anecdotes  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PQ2288, 843.7
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Most widely held works by Graham Robb
The discovery of France : a historical geography from the Revolution to the First World War by Graham Robb( Book )

42 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 1,806 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A narrative of exploration--full of strange landscapes and even stranger inhabitants--that explains the enduring fascination of France. While Gustave Eiffel was changing the skyline of Paris, large parts of France were still terra incognita. Even in the age of railways and newspapers, France was a land of ancient tribal divisions, prehistoric communication networks, and pre-Christian beliefs. French itself was a minority language. Graham Robb describes that unknown world in arresting narrative detail. He recounts the epic journeys of mapmakers, scientists, soldiers, administrators, and intrepid tourists, of itinerant workers, pilgrims, and herdsmen with their millions of migratory domestic animals. We learn how France was explored, charted, and colonized, and how the imperial influence of Paris was gradually extended throughout a kingdom of isolated towns and villages. The Discovery of France explains how the modern nation came to be and how poorly understood that nation still is today. Above all, it shows how much of France--past and present--remains to be discovered."--Publisher description
Rimbaud by Graham Robb( Book )

38 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 1,361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the French poet also delves into Rimbaud's lives outside of literature, including his stints as an explorer, mercenary gun runner, and friend to slave traders
Parisians : an adventure history of Paris by Graham Robb( Book )

26 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, Proust, Charles de Gaulle--these and many more are Robb's cast of characters in a series of stories about the Paris you never knew
Strangers : homosexual love in the nineteenth century by Graham Robb( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2017 in English and Dutch and held by 1,125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Strangers, the biographer of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud has turned his attention to uncovering the real story of male and female homosexuality in the Victorian era. On the basis of archives, diaries, and letters scattered throughout Europe and America, Graham Robb tells a tale that is in part familiar, and in part extremely surprising - a story of oppression and secrecy but also of unexpected tolerance and familiarity." "Contradicting the widely held view that a liberated and proud gay heritage dates back only a few decades, the author uncovers evidence from legislation, literature, medicine, and daily life pointing to a culture of homosexuality that was uniquely well developed, self-aware, and sophisticated. He describes the lives of gay men and women: how they discovered their sexuality and accepted or disguised it; how they came out; how they made contact with like-minded people. He also includes a fascinating investigation of the encrypted homosexuality of such famous nineteenth-century sleuths as Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes himself (with glances forward in time to Batman and J. Edgar Hoover). Finally, Strangers addresses crucial questions of gay culture, including the riddle of its relationship to religion: Why were homosexuals created with feelings that the Creator supposedly condemns?"--Jacket
Balzac : a life by Graham Robb( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the first major English biography of Honore de Balzac for over fifty years, Graham Robb has produced a compelling portrait of the great French novelist whose powers of creation were matched only by his self-destructive tendencies. As colorful as the world he described, Balzac is the perfect subject for biography: a relentless seducer whose successes were as spectacular as his catastrophes; a passionate collector, inventor, explorer, and political campaigner; a mesmerizing storyteller with the power to make his fantasies come true. Balzac's early life was a struggle against literary disappointment and poverty, and he learned his trade by writing a series of lurid commercial novels. Robb shows how Balzac's craving for wealth, fame, and happiness produced a series of hare-brained entrepreneurial schemes which took him to the remotest parts of Europe and into a love affair with a Polish countess whom he courted for fifteen years by correspondence. Out of these experiences emerged some of the finest novels in the Realist tradition. Skillfully interweaving the life with the novels, Robb presents Balzac as one of the great tragi-comic heroes of the nineteenth century, a man whose influence both in and outside his native France has been, and still is, immense
The discovery of Middle Earth : mapping the lost world of the Celts by Graham Robb( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes a discovery the author made in the Alps, which uncovered a treasure trove of Druid celestial mathematics that mapped out the entire geography of ancient Europe, and discusses the implications of this new information
Balzac : a biography by Graham Robb( Book )

29 editions published between 1994 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first major English biography of Balzac for over fifty years. The living manifestation of the colourful and varied world he described, yet at the same time its most astonishing exception, Balzac is the perfect subject for biography. He was a relentless seducer whose successes were as spectacular as his catastrophes; a passionate collector, inventor, explorer and political campaigner; a mesmerizing story-teller with the power to make his fantasies come true. Graham Robb takes us through his early literary disappointments, his struggle against poverty, and the lurid commercial novels in which he learnt his trade. Robb shows how Balzac's craving for wealth, fame, and happiness produced a series of hare-brained entrepreneurial schemes which took him to the remotest parts of Europe, a love affair with a Polish countess whom he courted for fifteen years by correspondence, and some of the finest novels in the Realist tradition
Unlocking Mallarmé by Graham Robb( Book )

10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Almost a century after the death of the French poet Stephane Mallarme, readers still puzzle over his writings, still seek to understand his seemingly impenetrable philosophy. In this highly original book, Graham Robb reveals conclusive answers to the mysteries of Mallarme. Robb's discovery of a 'key' to Mallarme's poetry is an exciting achievement that entirely redefines Mallarme's studies, illuminates large areas of French poetry, both before and after Mallarme, and opens the way for new interpretations of some of the most complicated poems ever written
La poésie de Baudelaire et la poésie française, 1838-1852 by Graham Robb( Book )

11 editions published in 1993 in French and Undetermined and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baudelaire, lecteur de Balzac by Graham Robb( Book )

11 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in French and Undetermined and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eugene wants to get on in the world. So he has come to Paris, where the streets teem with chancers, criminals, and social climbers-and everyone is out for what he can get. When he finds a place to stay at a shabby boarding house, he sees the potential to make a fortune in two beautiful, aristocratic women who visit the lonely old lodger Goriot. Could they bring Eugene the status and acceptance he craves? Nothing is as it seems in Paris, however, and soon he is over his head in a world of greed and obsession
The ancient paths : discovering the lost map of Celtic Europe by Graham Robb( Book )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and French and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Graham Robb made plans to cycle the legendary Via Heraklea, he had no idea that the line he plotted - stretching from the south-western tip of the Iberian Peninsula, across the Pyrenees and towards the Alps - would change the way he saw a civilization. It was an ancient path that took him deep into the world of the Celts: their gods, their art, and, most of all, their sophisticated knowledge of science. Gradually, a lost map revealed itself, of an empire constructed with precision and beauty across vast tracts of Europe. Oriented according to the movements of the Celtic sun god, the map had been forgotten for almost two millennia. Its implications were astonishing. Minutely researched and rich in revelations, The Ancient Paths brings to life centuries of our distant history and reinterprets pre-Roman Europe. Told with all of Robb's grace and verve, it is a dazzling, unforgettable book"--Jacket
Parisians : [an adventure history of Paris] by Graham Robb( Recording )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Napoleon Bonaparte, Marie Antoinette, Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, Proust, Charles de Gaulle--these and many more are Robb's cast of characters in a series of stories about the Paris you never knew
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The tale of the hunchback bellringer of medieval Notre Dame, Quasimodo, whose love for the gypsy dancer, Esmeralda, had tragic consequences
Parijzenaars by Graham Robb( Book )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in Dutch and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aan de hand van markante personages wordt de geschiedenis van de Franse hoofdstad vanaf 1750 tot 2000 beschreven
The Bohemians of the Latin Quarter by Henri Murger( Book )

4 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in French and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Set in the Latin Quarter of 1840s Paris, Henri Murger's La Boheme creates a stark and colorful record of the boisterous, lean, and sensual world of eternal Bohemia. The author, like his character Rudolph, was a dispossessed poet living from hand to mouth while serving his literary apprenticeship in the hustle-and-bustle streets of the artists' quarter. In order to make a little money, Murger created fictional episodes based on his experiences in the heart of Bohemia and sold the first of them in 1847 - for fifteen francs each - to a small literary magazine titled Le Corsaire. From this humble beginning, La Boheme has become an undying tribute to true Bohemians or, as Murger describes them, "those called by art." The episodes first published in Le Corsaire were gathered into a book that sold 70,000 copies. Then in 1849 Theodore Barriere made the story into a play, which became a popular sensation in Paris. And finally Giacomo Puccini transformed Murger's tale into the famous opera, a work that continues to be applauded by audiences throughout the world. La Boheme, is a one-of-a-kind journey to a raw yet romantic place, to a sphere where people hunger for both artistic ideals and morsels of food."--Back cover
Le Corsaire-Satan en silhouette : le milieu journalistique de la jeunesse de Baudelaire by Auguste Charles Joseph Vitu( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in French and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cols and passes of the british isles by Graham Robb( Book )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A col is the lowest point on the saddle between two mountains. Graham Robb has spent years uncovering and cataloguing the 2002 cols and 105 passes scattered across the British Isles. Some of these obscure and magical sites are virgin cols that have never been crossed. Dozens were lost by the Ordnance Survey and are recorded only in ballads or monastic charters. The 11 cols of Hadrian's Wall are practically unknown and have never been properly identified. These under-appreciated slices of natural beauty provide a new way of looking at British history, and a challenge for cyclists and walkers
Extraños : amores homosexuales en el siglo XIX by Graham Robb( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in Spanish and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The discovery of France : a historical geography from the Revolution to the First World War
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Graham Robb British writer and historian

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RimbaudParisians : an adventure history of ParisStrangers : homosexual love in the nineteenth centuryBalzac : a biographyUnlocking MallarméPère GoriotParisians : [an adventure history of Paris]The Hunchback of Notre-Dame