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Paris Was a Woman by Andrea Weiss
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Jun 12, 2010

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Read from June 12 to 20, 2010

A somewhat dry and plodding account of a fascinating moment in literary history and in the Modernist movement - a more or less chronological group portrait of the mostly expatriate, mostly queer women who lived in Paris between the wars and shaped the Modernist movement. These include Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier, Colette, Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, Nathalie Barney and Romaine Brooks, HD and Bryher, Janet Flanner and Solita Solano, Djuna Barnes, Thelma Wood and Mina Loy. Their stories are indisputably compelling, but Andrea Weiss' treatment not always so. Nonetheless, the book is lovely with intimate photographs that tell almost more of the story.
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