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The Patrimoine (artistic and cultural heritage) of France: Marseille in Literature

Marseilles, the second largest city in France, has a unique artistic and cultural heritage. Founded in 600 BC by the Greeks from Phocaea, this gritty, working class city is the front door to Provence, and the capitol of French Hip-Hop.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

In this story by Alexandre Dumas, the hero is imprisoned in the Chateau d'If, which is found in Marseille harbor.  Students who go on the Polk State trip to France will have an opportunity to visit the chateau.


Edmond Rostand

Cyrano de Bergerac, one of the best plays in French literature was written by Marseille native Edmond Rostand

The Works of Jean-Claude Izzo

Jean-Clause Izzo is best known for his noir crime novels set in Marseille, commonly referred to as the Marseille Trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, and Solea). Two of these three  novels are available at the Polk State library.

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