Hotel Splendide


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$15.95  $14.83
Pushkin Press
Publish Date
5.1 X 7.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was an Austrian-born American writer and illustrator of books for children and adults. He travelled to American in 1914, at the age of sixteen, and worked for three years in the dining halls of what he called, in his autobiographical works, the Hotel Splendide. In 1926, he quit working in hotels to become a full-time cartoonist and made frequent contributions to the New Yorker, Vogue and Town and Country. He is perhaps most well-known as the author of the beloved Madeline books.


"An uproarious account of his life as a waiter at the thinly disguised Ritz-Carlton in the 1920s . . . He is a canny observer with a wry sense of humor, an innocent bystander who simply looks on. He's like P.G. Wodehouse, with a touch of the Marx Brothers. . . . a delight from beginning to end."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Hotel Splendide, Bemelmans's 1941, out-of-print memoir, which is being reissued by Pushkin Press this month, is a delightful passport to a long-lost era"
--Air Mail

"The original bad boy of the New York restaurant/hotel underbelly. Bemelmans is always funny, insightful and dead on target."
--Anthony Bourdain

"Freshness and vitality...wit, humor, pathos, and the inimitable Bemelmans' touch."
--Kirkus Reviews

"The kitchen memoir to end them all."
--Slightly Foxed

"A seemingly light-hearted yet deceptively dark memoir of [Bemelmans'] time working in a luxury hotel in 1920s New York. A gently flowing, delightfully gossipy read, I could easily picture the entirety shot in black-and-white vignettes, Woody Allen style."
--Irish Times

"A charming memoir."

"Immensely fun and an absolutely charming book... a beautiful classic"
--WAMC North East Public Radio Book Picks.