The Tuileries, a writers’ garden
Created during the Renaissance period by the regent Catherine de Medici, the Tuileries Garden, through its location in the heart of Paris and its political function, immediately drew writers who were keen to celebrate its splendour. The greatest names used the garden as a backdrop or even a subject, from Ronsard to Modiano, via Hugo and Zola. Writers from Normandy – among whom Corneille, Flaubert and Maupassant – placed famous scenes there, equally comical or dramatic. The conference will be punctuated with readings of extracts from a range of literary genres, some of them unexpected.