Author Maurier's Book
George Du Maurier (father of novelist Daphne Du Maurier) based many parts of this novel upon his experiences as a student in Paris during the height of "La Vie Boheme" at the end of the 19th century. The protagonist, Little Billee, is a young English painter with great talent. He and his friends Taffy and the Laird share a studio in a Quartier Latin neighborhood full of artists and musicians, including a German-Polish music teacher named Svengali. Th...