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eggshaped
164923.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:57 am Reply with quote

Vidocq appears to have been bezziemates with Balzac, the latter basing his detective Vautrin on the former.

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Flash
164934.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:15 am Reply with quote

Good. Fits into Empires / Emperors as well as introducing Emeralds. Are there any pictures of him?

 
Molly Cule
164939.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:33 am Reply with quote

 
eggshaped
164941.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:34 am Reply with quote

picture researchers

 
Molly Cule
164942.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:36 am Reply with quote

Anand Swarup, the senior superintendent of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India is the modern day Vidocq of India. He is using the same methods that his French counterpart used to employ two centuries back.

http://www.geradts.com/anil/others/fc/images/vidocq1.jpg

 
Molly Cule
164943.  Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:38 am Reply with quote

here he is on a stamp : )

 
Molly Cule
167258.  Wed Apr 18, 2007 7:19 am Reply with quote

Vidocq bought a tavern on the Rue de l'Orme where, strangely, thieves met in abundance not knowing the real identity of the proprietor. Secrets of the underworld swept from table to table while his agents – and sometimes Vidocq himself in wig and false beard – sat amongst them.

http://www.crimelibrary.com/gangsters_outlaws/cops_others/vidocq/5.html

His first book, Mémoires de Vidocq, chef de police de sûreté jusqu'en 1827, aujourd'hui proprietetaire et fabricant de papiers à Saint Mandé (literally "The Memoirs of Vidocq, Chief of Police of the Sûreté Until 1827, and Now Proprietor and Maker of Papers from Saint Mandé') was published in 1828, with an English translation hot on its heels.

Victor Hugo based not one but two characters in Les Miserables on Vidocq - both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert. Honore Balzac's character Vautran, in Pere Goriot, was also modeled after himVidocq's legendary crime-solving reputation was also lauded in Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue and in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. The fugitive in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations was also inspired by Vidocq's real-life exploits.

 

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