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The Nightinghouls of Paris

The Nightinghouls of Paris

ROBERT McALMON
EDITED AND WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY SANFORD J. SMOLLER
Copyright Date: 2007
Pages: 264
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/j.ctt1xcf8r
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    The Nightinghouls of Paris
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    The Nightinghouls of Paris is a thinly fictionalized memoir of the darker side of expatriate life in Paris. Beginning in 1928, the story follows the changes undergone by Canadian youths John Glassco and his friend Graeme Taylor during their (mis)adventures in Paris while trying to become writers. There they meet Robert McAlmon, who guides them through the citys cafes, bistros, and nightclubs, where they find writers and artists including Kay Boyle (with whom Glassco has a fling), Bill Bird, Djuna Barnes, Claude McKay, Hilaire Hiler, Peggy Guggenheim, and Ernest Hemingway. _x000B_Fleeing France in late 1940, Robert McAlmon lost his notebook manuscripts and drafted The Nightinghouls of Paris from memory. Until now, it has existed solely as a typescript held by Yale University. Unlike most memoirs of American expatriates in the 1920s, The Nightinghouls of Paris centers not only on writers, but also encompasses the racial, national, and social melange they encountered in everyday life.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09184-1
    Subjects: History

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. INTRODUCTION
    (pp. xi-liv)
    Sanford J. Smoller

    After living in Europe for almost twenty years, mainly in Paris with sojourns in London, Berlin, Nice, Majorca, and Barcelona, the American expatriate writer and publisher Robert McAlmon was repatriated from occupied France in the fall of 1940. He barely escaped internment, and with his health weakened by years of heavy drinking and the harsh German occupation, he probably would not have survived until France was liberated in 1944. His sisters and brothers prevailed upon their senators to look into his case, and after his brother Bert supplied the required five hundred dollars, McAlmon was permitted to go to Lisbon,...

  5. ROSTER OF MAJOR CHARACTERS
    (pp. lv-lxii)
  6. The Nightinghouls of Paris
    (pp. 1-184)

    It was a clear afternoon such as puts a wander-bird at loose ends, but I meant to have it alleviate my social appetites and sense of problems. Coming the night before from months in a quiet Spanish town, I quickly realized anew that Paris was really another city of hometown souls perplexed by village woes. At the New York bar Tony Crane informed me that his wife was unwell, and they both worried over finding a suitable school for their twelve-year-old daughter. Tony also mourned the lack of news to make up a weekly letter for his syndicate. He hoped...

  7. ANNOTATIONS
    (pp. 185-194)
  8. Back Matter
    (pp. 195-196)