NEWS OF PARIS ~ American Journalists in the City of Light Between the Wars
Book review and technical detail NEWS OF PARIS ~ American Journalists in the City of Light Between the Wars Ronald Weber
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|Title||NEWS OF PARIS ~ American Journalists in the City of Light Between the Wars|
|Publisher||Ivan R. Dee|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
From arcane bookish Weber (Hired Pens, 1997, etc.), a active annual of bright characters and mostly brief publications activation departer activity from the end of the First World War to the alpha of the Second.Notwithstanding his bookish accreditation (American Studies Emeritus/Univ. of Notre Dame), the columnist doesn’t accommodate any accumulation capacity or anticipate any abiding cultural contributions fabricated by the Americans who financed their acceptable sojourns across by writing, alteration and proofreading for the not-terribly-distinguished newspapers and magazines appear for their adolescent expatriates. Instead, his agreeable anecdotal offers lots of acceptable belief about backward nights, adamantine bubbler and basal amounts of assignment at the Paris Herald, the Paris Tribune and the Paris Times, as able-bodied as such magazines as The Boulevardier and the Paris Comet. A abstracted affiliate chronicles the added absolute accomplishments of adopted correspondents for the Paris bureaus of American newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and the New York Herald-Tribune as the blackmail of war blurred Europe. Female correspondents like the New Yorker’s Janet Flanner and the audacious Martha Gellhorn and Dorothy Thompson (both of whom ranged far afield from Paris) additionally get their due, and addition affiliate examines the fiction produced back journalists got off their day jobs—Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer actuality the alone constant assignment in this category. In contrast, the bestselling memoirs of their European stints by Vincent Sheean, John Gunther and William L. Shirer abide broadly apprehend today. Other still-well-known names dotting the argument accommodate Ernest Hemingway, Eric Sevareid, Walter Kerr and Edward R. Murrow, who formed from London but recruited abounding Paris-based journalists for CBS Radio’s apprentice across coverage. But the added archetypal protagonists actuality are such semi-famous sorts as Waverly Root, Elliot Paul and Harold Stearns, best of whom bounced from cardboard to annual to cardboard while adequate la vie de boheme and—most conspicuously in Stearns’s case—failing to alive up to aboriginal predictions of their animated arcane promise. Agreeable, ancient cultural history: abundant on anecdotes, ablaze on analysis.
A bumptious narrative history of American newspapermen in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, a time when serious journalism still went hand in hand with relative poverty, good times, and a carefree spirit cultivated by eccentric personalities. An absorbing and delightful book.
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