920 O'Farrell Street

Levy, Harriet Lane

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FIRST EDITION Originally published in 1937 in the later years of her extraordinary life, Harriet Lane Levy's memoirs of her childhood in San Francisco during the late 1800s give us a rare view into the traditional life and manners of an upper-middle-class Jewish family of the era.With sly wit and a writing style critics compared to Jane Austen's, Levy vividly portrays an often stifling world of parlors and sitting rooms, maids and cooks, family intrigue and neighborhood pretensions, eased by the warmth of family affections and Levy's own independent spirit….It was her unique sense of self that enabled Levy to break away from this quiet, comfortable, almost ritualistically bourgeois existence and go on from 920 O'Farrell to lead a rather unconventional life. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley at a time when very few women went to college, and wrote for The Wave, along with Frank Norris and Jack London. She then moved to Paris with Alice B. Toklas and became an intimate of Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Matisse, and other leaders of the modern art movement….Written long after the familiar city of her youth had disappeared with the 1906 earthquake, these rich and thoughtful reminiscences reveal a Victorian world of surface formalities and underlying urgency.A CALIFORNIA LEGACY BOOK.Santa Clara University and Heyday Books are pleased to publish the California Legacy series, vibrant and relevant writings drawn from California’s past and present. Santa Clara University founded in 1851 on the site of the eighth of California’s original twenty-one missions is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state. A Jesuit institution, it is particularly aware of its contribution to California’s cultural heritage and its responsibility to preserve and celebrate that heritage.Heyday Books, founded in 1974, specializes in critically acclaimed books on California literature, history, natural history, and ethnic studies. Books in the California Legacy series appear as anthologies, single author collections, reprints of important books, and original works. Taken together, these volumes bring readers a new perspective on California’s cultural life, a perspective that honors diversity and finds great pleasure in the eloquence of human expression.Levy was an associate of Stein, Toklas, Picasso, Matisse, etc. She assembled one of the great American art collections. This is her autobiography, dealing primarily with her youth in San Francisco Written when the author was 80, this is the story of an orthodox American Jewish family in late 19th century San Francisco, and a memoir of the author's childhood. As a young woman, Levy went to Paris with Alice B. Toklas (her neighbor on O'Farrell Street), and was part of the circle of artists & bohemians which included Gertrude Stein, Picasso, Matisse and others, and where she began assembling a remarkable collection of stories.FIRST EDITION Originally published in 1937 in the later years of her extraordinary life, Harriet Lane Levy's memoirs of her childhood in San Francisco during the late 1800s give us a rare view into the traditional life and manners of an upper-middle-class Jewish family of the era.With sly wit and a writing style critics compared to Jane Austen's, Levy vividly portrays an often stifling world of parlors and sitting rooms, maids and cooks, family intrigue and neighborhood pretensions, eased by the warmth of family affections and Levy's own independent spirit….It was her unique sense of self that enabled Levy to break away from this quiet, comfortable, almost ritualistically bourgeois existence and go on from 920 O'Farrell to lead a rather unconventional life. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley at a time when very few women went to college, and wrote for The Wave, along with Frank Norris and Jack London. She then moved to Paris with Alice B. Toklas and became an intimate of Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Matisse, and other leaders of the modern ar. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: 920 O'Farrell Street
Publisher: Doubleday and Co.
Publication Date: 1947
Binding: Hard Cover
Illustrator: Dean, Mallette You will not be disappointed in this book. It is a FIRST EDITION!
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition

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