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Paris Was Yesterday: 1925-1939 (VMC) [Paperback]

Janet Flanner
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4 Dec 2003 VMC (Book 600)

In 1925 Janet Flanner began writing a fortnightly 'Letter from Paris' for the nascent New Yorker. Her brief: to tell New Yorkers, under her pen name of 'Genet', what the French thought was going on in France, not what she thought.

Paris Was Yesterday is a collection of those letters written in the '20s and '30s, surely one of the most fascinating periods in the city's history, and it reads like an Arts Who's Who. Flanner saw it all and knew everyone (or at least all about them), and there are tidbits galore about the likes of James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Isadora Duncan, Diaghilev, Gertrude Stein, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Picasso, Marlena Dietrich... It's witty, catty, literary and unashamedly gossipy, a lively portrait of the thriving cultural life in Paris between the wars. In the brilliantly entertaining style she made her own, Flanner mixed high and low culture to devastating effect.

' Cafe Society described from the best table in the place, by a writer with rare & vivid gifts. Make yourself comfortable -- & order up a dry martini' Robert Lacey

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Virago; New Ed edition (4 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844080269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844080267
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you'd like to feel that you are in Les Deux Magots, or Cafe Fleur, listening to Sartre or Cocteau; if you'd like to hear the gossip about the gendarmerie asking Marlene Dietrich to leave Paris because she had the audacity to wear trousers in public or if you'd like to meet James Joyce in The Shakespear & Company Book Store; if you'd like to attend one of Gertrude Stein's intellectual discussions & meet her companion, Alice B. Toklas, then this book is for you (Amazon.com)

Lively and witty...fascinating escapist entertainment (Leeds Guide)

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* Witty, catty and entertaining, Paris Was Yesterday is an insider's guide to the arts scene in Paris between the wars

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5.0 out of 5 stars WIsh you had been there? 4 April 2014
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This is a great book. Short pieces of journalism. The early ones are light and frothy, the middle ones show great understanding of the French outlook on life, the later ones (late 1930s) are full of foreboding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A way back to a vanished era 16 Aug 2012
By M. A Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Few periods and places were as much fun as Paris in the interwar years. This collection of articles, some short, some several pages, by Janet Flanner, the New Yorker's correspondent during the period, provides one of the best insights into the comings and goings of the cultural and political scene, along with the odd murder thrown in for spice.

Ms. Flanner was in some ways uniquely qualified to observe life in Paris. Two of her best friends during this period were Sylvia Beach and Gertrude Stein. Flanner frequently included the comings and goings of her friends and their circles in her pieces, so there is not only a great deal about these two women, but also Hemingway, Joyce, and Picasso. Probably the only person of note who was significant during this period was Proust, who died before Flanner began her career as a foreign correspondent. The publication of various volumes of Proust's masterwork are considered to be significant events during Flanner's stay. Every change is observed down to the number of bananas in Josephine Baker's latest outrageous costume.

Another feature of this collection of writings are the obituaries. Flanner never met a member of the aristocracy who might have had a walk-on part in Remembrance of Things Past that she did not like. There are also accounts of the passing of some of the leading figures in French cultural society as well as an interesting farewell to Edith Wharton, whose reputation has improved markedly since the 30s. It would odd for anyone in this era to regard her friendship with Henry James with the same degree of importance now. More space would be devoted to the development of Wharton's own development as an artist than merely an appendage of a more famous figure (as is the case in Flanner's write up).

This volume highlight's Flanner's powers of observation, other than the Blum government's rise and fall, she misses little. Given the complexities of French politics and the reaction of the French upper crust to a president who was both Jewish and Socialist, it is possible that Flanner may have felt this melee was beyond her.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Paris in the 20s and 30s, but this is a book that requires a certain level of expertise to appreciate fully. One cannot appreciate how funny it is that Flanner is dragooned into cataloguing all of Gertrude Stein's pictures if one is not already somewhat knowledgeable about the various personalities that make up her narrative. Read "A Movable Feast" or one of James Mellow's biographies on Stein or Hemingway and then come back to Flanner's collection of articles.
5.0 out of 5 stars To Janet or Genet with love! 25 Sep 2006
By Sylviastel - Published on Amazon.com
How can you not love Janet Flanner? By reading this book, you begin to understand how Americans like Janet or Genet loved Paris and how the city loved them back. It was a different time in Paris to be young and artistic, I don't think that exists now as much in Paris. But between the wars, Paris was a place where people like Janet Flanner, Natalie Clifford Barney, Ernest Hemingway, and other talented artists went to flourish and mingle with each other. Is there a place like that now for us, artists, writers, actors, etc.? I don't know but this book makes me long for Paris through Janet's writing.
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