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British Writers and Paris 1830–1875$
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Elisabeth Jay

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655243.001.0001

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The working life of the Paris correspondent

The working life of the Paris correspondent

(p.187) 10 The working life of the Paris correspondent
British Writers and Paris 1830–1875

Elisabeth Jay

Oxford University Press

To be paid at English rates made a British journalist feel wealthy, while the homosocial café life and absinthe hour, where journalists foregathered before papers opened permanent bureaux, were additional attractions, even if they fomented fashionable but illegal duelling. This chapter argues that versatility, between literary genres and in the ability to cover a range of subjects, was key to success in the early years: those who later emerged as theatre, art, or music critics or as war correspondents had usually started as generalists. Henry Labouchère’s career indicates that if temperament played a major part in a male journalist’ success, home help and being prepared to work all hours were more crucial to a woman journalist such as Emily Crawford.

Keywords:   Absinthe, Crawford, critics, duelling, generalists, home help, homosocial, Labouchère, pay, war

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