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Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner

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The daughter of an Indianapolis mortician, Janet Flanner really began to live at the age of thirty, when she fled to Paris with her female lover. That was in 1921, a few yearsbefore she signed on as Paris correspondent for the New Yorker, taking the pseudonym Genêt. For half a century she described life on the Continent with matchless elegance. ...more
Paperback, 369 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by University of Nebraska Press (first published December 31st 1989)
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Wayne
Apr 02, 2014 Wayne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Those interested in rich ex-pat Parisian lives
Recommended to Wayne by: janet flanner's writing and great voice - gravel-ly!!!
I came to Janet Flanner via PARIS !!!

"PARIS WAS YESTERDAY 1925 - 1939" was a book
and BE Damned who had written it.
(It was Janet Flanner of course!!)
I was just one of many.
I was sick sick sick for PARIS !!!!
I bought music ABOUT...musicals and movie themes
and OF Paris...French Chansons with Piaf, Trenet,Baker etc., etc.

I'd already done the history of France and was mad about the Artists;
and already read Colette and Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, started on Proust, sunk my teeth into Balzac an
...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
In 3.5 territory but definitely 4. The ending was a wee bit abrupt, and sad. An interesting but not perfect look at the life of an iconic writer. If you are interested in Paris, lesbians (as people and not objects), creative struggles, or some combination of the three, you must read this. In a nutshell: Midwestern girl runs away to the big city, discovers women, spends four decades mostly in Paris writing a letter for the New Yorker telling Americans about Paris. Has complicated relationships, ...more
Maurynne  Maxwell
Dec 13, 2011 Maurynne Maxwell rated it liked it
The style was too disengaged for me; I felt I was reading a reportage of a life. I wanted Flannery to live on the page, and there was not enough of her actual writing, whether letters from Paris or to friends, to make that happen. I felt that Nancy Cunard and Solano were far more intriguing. I understand that Flannery herself did not want to be revealed and the title of Genet becomes truly apropos, this was the face she wanted to present to the world. Yet the book ends with Flannery's own ...more
Maureen
Sep 02, 2008 Maureen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: biography, gurdjieff
Janet Flanner was a strong, independent woman who was not afraid to live her life to the fullest. She, along with her lover, Solita Solano, moved to Paris in the twenties and became a part of the most celebrated literary and artistic circles of the twentieth century. I originally became interested in her because of her association with Solano, who was a part of The Rope, a group of women who met and studied with G.I. Gurdjieff. I also read many of her papers in the Library of Congress, which ...more
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Brenda Wineapple is the author of the award-winning Hawthorne: A Life, Genêt: A Biography of Janet Flanner, and Sister Brother: Gertrude and Leo Stein. Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in many publications, among them The American Scholar, The New York Times Book Review, Parnassus, Poetry, and The Nation. A Guggenheim fellow, a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, ...more
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