Episodes

A Not Shrinking Violet – Ep.25

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Violet-Episode-Audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadViolet Trefusis was a famously passionate writerly footnote in the love affair of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West courtesy of the character of Sasha in Woolf’s Orlando, but who exactly was the woman behind the portrait, the woman who famously said, “Across my life only one word will beContinue reading “A Not Shrinking Violet – Ep.25”

Music’s Muse- Ep.24

Winnaretta Singer funded a wide range of causes, notably a musical salon where her protégés included Debussy and Ravel, and numerous public health projects in Paris, but she also had outraged husbands yell dueling challenges under her windows when she stole their wives.

“American Sappho” – Ep.23

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Millay-Finished-Audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadFamous and then forgotten in her own time, Edna St. Vincent Millay is well known today, and you’ve probably heard her poetry before, such as: “My candle burns at both ends;It will not last the night;But ah, my foes and oh my friends—It gives a lovely light!” While primarilyContinue reading ““American Sappho” – Ep.23″

Queen of Dada – Ep.22

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Loringhoven-Finished-Audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadElsa von Freytag-Loringhoven wore dresses of New York City refuse, got arrested for only wearing a Mexican blanket in public, and once waved a giant dildo around in the streets. She brought dada to the US before the better known movement rose in Zurich in 1916. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read AlongContinue reading “Queen of Dada – Ep.22”

Greatest Female War Correspondent Part Two – Ep.21

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Gellhorn-Finished-Audio-Part-2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAfter finally ditching Hemingway and making it through World War II, Martha Gellhorn continued with her career through the Vietnam War and well in the 1990s. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Gellhorn: A Twentieth-Century Life by Caroline Moorehead Yours, for probably always: Martha Gellhorn’s letters of Love & WarContinue reading “Greatest Female War Correspondent Part Two – Ep.21”

Greatest Female War Correspondent – Ep.20

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Gellhorn-2.0-Finished-Audio-Part-One.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadKnown as the greatest female war correspondent of the 20th century, Martha Gellhorn’s reporting took her from the Great Depression, through the Spanish Civil War and World War II to the Vietnam War. Along the way, she covered other conflicts, wrote novels, and ended up married to Hemingway, whichContinue reading “Greatest Female War Correspondent – Ep.20”

Behind the Amazon – Ep.19

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Laura-and-Alice-Finished-audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadWhen it comes to women named Barney in the world of Paris Lesbos, the focus is usually Natalie Barney. However, her mother and sister had their own adventures and scandals from British explorers to nude statues in DC. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Wild Heart: A Life by SuzanneContinue reading “Behind the Amazon – Ep.19”

A Real Life Carmen – Ep.18

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Otero-FinishedAudio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadCaroline Otero was renowned for dancing and seducing kings as one of the three top courtesans of La Belle Époque France. Her dancing career took her all over Europe and briefly into the opera Carmen. However, she also bet her own ass at the gambling tables of Monte CarloContinue reading “A Real Life Carmen – Ep.18”

The Rabbit Tamer – Ep.17

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Finished-dAlencon-audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadÉmilienne d’Alençon is what one co-host likes to call the forgotten member of Les Grandes Trois of Belle Époque France. She is also the reason for the rabbits down this rabbit hole. Sources (Used/Consulted/Read Along the Way) Émilienne d’Alençon: Vivre d’amour en 1900 by Carole Wrona Trois Grâces deContinue reading “The Rabbit Tamer – Ep.17”

Real Life Nana – Ep. 16

https://parislesbospodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Valtesse-Episode-Audio.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadAs Pixie calls her, Liane de Pougy’s fairy godmother of courtesanship started in the gutters of Paris and rose to the level of calling on the Emperor of France. Valtesse is even said to be the real life inspiration for Zola’s Nana. Not that she would ever be amusedContinue reading “Real Life Nana – Ep. 16”

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