These works exemplify the role of Paris as a center of experimentation in literature and the arts. The artistic community of Montmartre is frequently featured as a setting. The influence of Paris extends beyond literature and visual arts into the domains of dance and cinema.
A serialized novel by Willy, “Maugis en ménage” in Ceux qui font rire, revue de l’humour, June 15, 1912, no. 1. Willy (Henri Gauthier-Villars) was a journalist and popular novelist who exploited other writers to produce works to his prescription which he then published under his own name. These often had titillating detail. Colette’s Claudine novels were produced under Willy’s direction.
Program for the ballet-pantomine Le Dit des jeux du monde, which created a scandal when it was performed on December 2, 1918, at the Théâtre Musical Moderne du Vieux Colombier. The text was by Paul Méral and the music by Arthur Honegger. Honegger gained a certain amount of celebrity with this early work and became one of “Les Six,” the group of modern composers that also included Durey, Milhaud, Poulenc, Auric, and Tailleferre who reacted against Debussy. Jean Cocteau was often associated with them in collaborative efforts.
Jabiru, 1 (February 1926). This issue contains an article on the cartoon character Felix the Cat who had recently been introduced in Paris.