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While visiting rue d'Anjou, one might also be interested in paying attention to 10 and 8, rue d'Anjou, at the street's southern end (next to rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré), which have quite a few historic, literary and art connections. Jean Cocteau in his Souvenir Portraits (Paragon, New York 1990, p. 159-160) writes, “Have I told you about nos. 8 and 10, Rue d'Anjou? About no. 8 where La Fayette died and where Edmond Sée is living in Sacha Guitry’s apartment?” The building features Marquis de Lafayette’s memorial plaque. It also has a Proustian connection, both real and literary. Cocteau, who lived at 10, rue d'Anjou, continues, “Sacha was our immediate neighbor. I took the stairs four at a time. I blazed past the door on the second floor - the door of Madame de Guermantes, where I will soon show you Proust standing guard - I went from one archway to another and climbed Sacha‘s spiral staircase”. The real Madame de Guermantes - better recognizable to the readers of In Search of Lost Time as Duchesse de Guermantes - was the countess Adhéaume de Chevigné, née Laure de Sade, Cocteau’s second floor neighbor.

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