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News of Paris: American Journalists in the City of Light Between the Wars First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1566636766
ISBN-10: 1566636760
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From Publishers Weekly

Weber offers an entertaining overview of expatriate journalists in Paris during the glory years, chronicling everything from deadline desperation to clandestine affairs. The New York Herald's Paris edition began in 1887, and as Paris became more American, the Paris Herald followed suit. Managing editor Eric Hawkins felt his paper was "an incubator for the most colorful, competent and sometimes crazy newspapermen that ever populated a city room." More "newsroom high jinks" took place at the competing Paris Tribune, and the two papers merged in 1934. Weber's scholarly skills (he's professor emeritus of American studies at Notre Dame) recapture that long-lost generation of writers, not just the usual suspects (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Janet Flanner, Henry Miller) but a parade of foreign correspondents, culture columnists, magazine freelancers (for The Boulevardier and Paris Comet), poets and novelists. As women reporters emerged, Mary Knight became a contemporary Nellie Bly for United Press after disguising herself as a man to witness a guillotining. Faces frozen in the book's eight pages of b&w photos become animated in this superb history, thanks to Weber's fluid, detailed writing and flair for breezy anecdotes. (Apr. 7)
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From Booklist

Lured by the romance and low cost of life in Paris after World War I, aspiring writers and journalists joined the throngs of American expatriates living in the City of Light. Drawing on memoirs, letters, and writings of Al Laney, William L. Shirer, Eric Sevareid, Harold Stearns, and others, Weber recalls a time and place that offered freedom from the rigidity of a nation that looked askance at sex and alcohol and a host of other diversions and ideas. Liberated from American social conventions of the time, Paris sparked the careers of literary luminaries including Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Henry Miller, e. e. cummings, Hart Crane, and Archibald MacLeish. Weber focuses on those writers who plied the trade of journalism, working for newspapers, magazines, and news services, providing news for readers on both sides of the Atlantic hungry for broader perspectives on the world. Readers interested in American journalism as practiced abroad in the 1920s and 1930s will enjoy this engaging book. Vanessa Bush
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee; First Edition edition (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566636760
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566636766
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writers, artists and journalists all went to Paris after World War I with the dreams of becoming writers: Paris offered a big advantage in providing jobs which enabled them to make the most of the city, and after the war American news activity shifted from London to Paris. NEWS OF PARIS: AMERICAN JOURNALISTS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT BETWEEN THE WARS provides a focus on this heyday when the city was lauded as the 'centre of American journalism in Europe'. Chapters survey the colorful world of this expatriate period and uses the lives of major literary figures and newspapers to reveal the drama and hopes of the times.

Diane C. Donovan, Editor

California Bookwatch
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Than the news itself. Embellishing wire service news for popular consumption seems mostly what these Paris-based characters did to create the rags they published. And what characters they were. Many were living in the City of Lights to avoid Prohibition's attempts to control human nature and its indulgences. Some were there to actually deliver the news, but for most that seems an unavoidable consequence of having to justify paychecks. This is a fascinating read of the twenty years when the pain and devastation of WWI was omnipresent in Europe (a million Frenchmen, double that of England, lost during the war) and the US curled back in to a cocoon of Isolationism. In this study are clues to the bewildering retrospective view of fascism's march to another world war dragging all mankind with it.
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I have read over 80 books about Paris in the last year (can you spell "obsession?"). Some were riviting (Luncheon of the Boat Party). Some were silly (Paris Hangover). Some were a hard read (France: A History). None of them were boring. Until now. This was an indescribably minute and rambling remembrance of every American journalist that was in Paris during the Fabulous Twenties, the time of the Lost Generation, debauchery, and fine writing. I had hoped to read something as illuminating as Malcom Crowley's "Exile's Return." Instead I read a phone book listing of journalists, with a few tidbits along the way. I couldn't even finish it. I'm sorry I bought it. The other seventy-nine were so much better.
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Aimed at readers with an acute interest in U.S. journalists, papers and magazines in Paris between the great wars I and II. Paris itself is just a pale backdrop to the main story.

I found the book choppy in presentation, with but an average writing style.

Like the history of any given narrow enterprise or discrete period, it will be great fun for those who were there or, as more likely here given the passage of time, their descendents. For most general readers of today, there is not much related in this book that will be of lasting interest.
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