Enchanted by the beauty of the corpse and her enigmatic smile, a morgue worker made a cast of her face and copies were soon all over Paris.
She became "became the erotic ideal of the period, as Bardot was for the 1950s" and inspired a remarkable number of literary works.
Inconnue de la Seine
What struck me was that the Paris morgue had thousands of visitors every day as the identification of anonymous corpses became
a spectacle […] – in the French double sense of theater and grand display"Posted by Jill Fallon at December 4, 2007 11:01 PM | Permalink