Life Outdoors: Mansard-roofed houses historic but rare here

The image of impoverished writers, starving for their art and living in garrets, predated the era of Paris as a city of garrets tucked under mansard roofs. Garrets were attic living spaces — hot in summer, cold in winter — fit quarters only for servants or the poorer sort of tenants. The British artist William Hogarth, renowned satirist, painted “The Distrest Poet” in 1736 as an image of a writer awash in poverty — he sits at his garret desk, pen in

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