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Paris Was Yesterday, 1925-1939 Paperback – April 18, 1988
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About the Author
Janet Flanner is at present residing in New York.
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Janet Flanner (pen name "Genet") was the resident Paris Correspondent for THE NEW YORKER. Her assignment was to write columns about "what the French thought was going on in France," Flanner became much more than a mere observer of the Parisian scene. she was an active participant. Be it a death, an opera premiere, a swindle, a political disaster, a bit of gossip about a celebrity, or nostalgia for an even earlier era, Flanner wrote about them, and wrote with wit and an occasional tongue-in-her-cheek.
The following example of her tongue-in-cheek approach, one among many, comes from a 1928 column entitled "The Italian Straw Hat." It seems that the French wanted parity with Hollywood when it came to Motion Pictures and wanted to pass a law requiring the acceptance in the U. S. of a French Film for every Hollywood made film shown in France. The first picture they wanted to export to the U. S. was a film entitled, in translation, THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT.Read more ›
"Paris Was Yesterday: 1925-1939" is a deceptively simple book that begins in joyful silliness with an essay about Josephine Baker and ends on a frightened note as the Nazis slowly begin to dominate Europe.
Janet Flanner (1892-1978) was a lifelong columnist for The New Yorker, specializing in commentary on European politics and culture. She began writing her fortnightly "Letters from Paris" in October 1925 when she was in her twenties. Flanner's obituaries and acerbic eye-witness accounts of artists, writers, espionage agents, and criminals are often hilarious and bring to life the magnificent " annees folles" that followed World War One.
Her vignettes sparkle with mischief and sheer exuberance. Flanner's eyes were constantly focused on the world around her. For today's readers, it as though a flashlight is shining on forgotten attic treasures, illuminating the thoughts and ideas of both the Parisians and expats of the jazz age.
Serious articles about the death of scientist Marie Curie, a well-attended Paris concert by Marian Anderson, and the life of Edith Wharton, are included along with with whimsical book reviews, notes on art exhibitions, gossip about dashing local folks, American expats, Russian emigres, and other timely topics of that she thought would interest the readers of The New Yorker.
As early as 1933, Flanner notes: "War Talk. Among the upper-class Parisians, there is constant talk of fear of war. Daily, the journals print warnings," but largely dismisses it as interesting chatter. Her chirpy anecdotes of swindlers, dancers, and artists continue for another five years.
In 1938 she delights in the festive mood in Paris, celebrating the visit of England's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.Read more ›
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Paris Was Yesterday, 1925-1939, Janet Flanner; "First Harvest edition 1988" (previous copyrights & publishers, see copyright page; paperback)
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Janet Flanner was the single person most responsible for making Paris known in the 20s as the romantic place for American ex-pats through her columns in the New Yorker. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Clare Howell
This book draws from letters the author sent to The New Yorker beginning in 1925 and ending on Sep 3, 1939. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Schmerguls
I have just finished reading this book for the second time; the first being some time back in the early 1990's and now 25 years later. Again I found Ms. Read morePublished 13 months ago by NURsesRUN
It's all there: politics, art, dance, food, photography, and personal stories of those who shaped all of those things in Paris from 1925 to 1975. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Katie O'Brien
I LOVE READING ABOUT THIS ERA AND THE INTERESTING PEOPLE WHO LIVED THEN. THIS LADY WAS THERE AND IN THE MIDST OF IT ALL. FACINATING.Published 22 months ago by LOYALFAN
The author made it obvious that she was fluent in French. Janet Flanner wrote for the New Yorker magazine during the years of the "Lost Generation. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by Charles E. Jones
Great way to understand the opinions and history of France through the various periods she wrote for the New Yorker.Published on November 28, 2013 by Debra J Wright