Musée d'Orsay: James Gordon Bennett and the New York Herald : "An American Newspaper in Paris"

James Gordon Bennett and the New York Herald : "An American Newspaper in Paris"

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A model newspaper boss, a great magnate of the mass media living in luxury, such was the description of the director of the Earth Herald in Jules Vernes's novel The Diary of a Journalist in the Year 2889. No doubt this was inspired by James Gordon Bennet, that "madman of an American", as he was often called.


On October 4th, 1887, James Gordon Bennett Jr founded the European edition of the New York Herald, targeting the Americans in Paris. English in those times was the language of finance, yachting and sports. A four-page daily written in English, it was specifically targeting a cultivated and influential audience marvelously embodied by the mundane heroes of novels by Paul Bourget and Marcel Proust. Loti, d'Annunzio, Anatole France and Paul Bourget signed articles in it.


The documentary exhibition dealt with this newspaper which, for more than thirty years, was to be one of the reflections of the glittering society of the Belle Epoque, to which the Great War would put an abrupt end. It also presented the original, eccentric and authoritarian personality of its extremely wealthy owner.

Curator


Jean-Christophe Gourvennec

10 July - 30 September 1990
Musée d'Orsay

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