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Afloat, originally published as Sur l'eau in 1888, is seemingly a simple logbook of a sailing cruise along the French Mediterranean coast. Guy de Maupassant merges fact and fiction, dream and documentation to reflect his experience in the area.
The Riviera, Ancient and Modern
Written by Charles Lentheric and Translated by Charles West, 1895Available through Hathitrust.org
The Italian Riviera in Film: Enchanted April (1992)
Two proper, middle-class English women, bored with their lives and their passionless husbands, spend a month on vacation in a medieval villa on the Italian Riviera. The idyllic hideaway holds a special magic, which reawakens hopes of a sunnier, more colorful future. Click here to view the Franklin record.
A sensational bestseller when it appeared in 1986, The Garden of Eden is set on the Cote d'Azur in the 1920s. Left unfinished, it is Hemingway's last novel, which he worked on intermittently from 1946 until his death in 1961.
French Riviera, photograph by Paul Rysz. Obtained on flickr with a Creative Commons license.