"This collaboration--posthumous in McAlmon's case--has proved amazingly successful. It gives us pictures of two lives--and many surrounding lives--from different angles, as if they had been taken with a stereoscopic camera. Thereby it gives us an impression of depth and substantiality that have been lacking in other memoirs of Paris in the 1920's." -- Malcolm Cowley, New York Times Book Review
There was no more exhilarating decade in the history of modern letters than the twenties in Paris. They were all there: Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Gertude Stein, James Joyce, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mina Loy, T. S. Eliot, Djuna Barnes, Ford Madox Ford, Katherine Mansfield, Alice B. Toklas... and with them were Robert McAlmon and Kay Boyle.
Their collaborative memoir began as a book written by McAlmon in 1934. In the late 1960s, Kay Boyle revised and edited the book, adding alternating chapters of her own. The result is a marvelous chronicle of the period as seen through two sets of perceptive eyes. As both writers tell wonderful anecdotes--of Joyce on his evening binges, of Stein holding court, of Hemingway at his most vicious--they beautifully evoke 1920s Paris in this sad, funny, informative, and nostalgic memoir.
"On his side of the dual autobiography (an interesting device which works very well here) McAlmon tells fascinating stories... and he is always honestly direct. You like the man and you like the book... On the other side, Kay Boyle is a delightful writer with a style that can be dazzling, yet strong as steel... It is Miss Boyle who gives us the airy magic of Camelot-Paris simply by telling us the story of her hopelessly romantic life." -- Mario Puzo
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A beautiful evocation of 1920s Paris in a sad, funny, informative, and nostalgic memoir.About the Author:
Robert McAlmon was essayist, poet, and fiction writer, as well as an influential publisher. His Contact Publishing Company published, among others, William Carlos Williams, Mina Loy, Ernest Hemingway, H.D., and Gertrude Stein. Kay Boyle was an award-winning writer of novels, short stories, poetry, children's books, memoirs, nonfiction, and translations.
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Book Description Michael Joseph, London, 1970. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good Plus. 8vo. 350 pp. very good in very good original brown cloth gilt and lightly shelfworn dustwrapper with light browning to extremities, good plus. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 32259
Book Description Michael Joseph, London, 1970. Cloth. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Thus. xii, 350 pp., illus. Originally published in 1938, this first UK edition is revised and with supplementary chapters by Kay Boyle. A fine copy with a lightly edgeworn dustjacket. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 007033
Book Description Michael Joseph, London, 1970. A Fine copy in a Fine, unclipped dust jacket. McAlmon was one of the central figures in the expatriate community of artists in Paris in the 1920s and in his memoirs he recount how life there unfolded. Originally published in 1938 in the UK only, the true first edition is extremely rare but this revised edition whereby Kay Boyle adds her own perspective of the period alongside McAlmon's original memories that she has corrected. First Printing of the First English Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 22907
Book Description Michael Joseph. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2604855195
Book Description Michael Joseph, 1970. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Revised. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Bookseller Inventory # 0718107241