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Men and Monuments

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From 1925 to 1978, Janet Flanner was the Paris correspondent for The New Yorkers, signing her letters Genet.
Paperback, 297 pages
Published September 1st 1990 by Da Capo Press (first published December 31st 1970)
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I only read the last section of this book — the discussion of Nazi art theft during World War II. I would say that it's mainly notable for being (I think) one of the earliest popular discussions of the so-called Monuments Men which avoids excessively valorizing and the group. (It originally appeared in The New Yorker in 1957, if I read the copyright notice correctly.) There are profiles of André Malraux, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braques, and Henri Matisse, but I didn't read them.
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Sep 26, 2009 Harry rated it really liked it
This is a great book for anyone interested in Andre Malraux, Henri Matisse, Picasso, or Braque. Flanner was the New Yorker Paris correspondent in the glory years of European modernism and has a lot to say in long profiles of these individual men. It's sophisticated and smart and includes surprising anecdotes. Good New Yorker writing hasn't changed much!
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Janet Tyler Flanner was an American writer and journalist who served as the Paris correspondent of The New Yorker magazine from 1925 until she retired in 1975.
She wrote under the pen name "Genêt". and published a single novel, "The Cubical City", set in New York City.
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