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They are the jewels of the Caribbean, gorgeous prisms through which we see reflected the opulent world of the French Creole aristocracy. The French-speaking islands of Martinique, Guadaloupe, Marie-Galante, and Saint Martin come alive as never before in the pages of French Island Elegance, a lavishly illustrated look at one of the most intriguing and beautiful parts of the world. More than 160 color photographs taken especially for this book give readers a privileged glimpse inside a world rarely seen by most visitors - the palatial, elegantly furnished homes of the islands' affluent sugar, cotton, and tobacco barons, both historical and contemporary. An authoritative text sheds light on the area's rich social, architectural, and interior design history - a vital past that still influences French Island taste and cultural life to this day.

About the Author
Michael Connors received his Ph.D. in decorative arts from New York University. The author of two previous Abrams books, Caribbean Elegance and Cuban Elegance, he has published widely in magazines including Architectural Digest and Art & Antiques. He lives in New York City, St. Croix, and Deer Isle, ME.

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