Sunday, 6 May 2012

Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower nickname La dame de fer, the iron lady is a puddle iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Built in 1889, it has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. Named for its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, the tower was built as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair.

Lowry likens the tower to a lighthouse in his short story 'Hotel Room in Chartres'. Lowry also makes 3 references to the tower in his filmscript for Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night; "Eiffel tower grows nearer and we see the Paris streets with people (The Cinema of Malcolm Lowry: A Scholarly Edition of Lowry's 'Tender Is the Night' Edited by Miguel Mota and Paul Tiessen Pg.68) "vertical sign which marks the seemingly ubiquitous Eiffel Tower: Citroen." (Pg. 78) and " Lanier: Au'voir Tour Eiffel (we see the Eiffel Tower in the background) Daddy, will you help me build the Tour Eiffel when I get my number six meccano?" (Pg. 129)

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