Genet: A Biography of Janet Flanner

Genet: A Biography of Janet Flanner

by Brenda Wineapple
     
 

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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 years before she signed on as Paris correspondent for the New Yorker, taking the pseudonym Genet.  See more details below

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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 years before she signed on as Paris correspondent for the New Yorker, taking the pseudonym Genet.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While Flanner (1892-1978) saw herself as an observer of the expatriate community in Paris during the 1920s and '30s, first-time author Wineapple's intimate portrait situates the New Yorker 's award-winning foreign correspondent at the center of the city's literary life. Flanner left her native Indianapolis in 1918 for New York, where she became a reluctant member of the erudite ``round table'' wits presiding at the Algonquin Hotel. There she formed an alliance with Harold Ross, who founded the New Yorker in 1925 and gave Flanner her position on the magazine and persona as ``Genet.'' She left husband and country in 1921 with writer Solita Solano, settling with her in Paris. From 1925 to 1975, Flanner filed a bimonthly ``Letter from Paris'' chronicling the lives of the rich, famous and powerful in France, as well as profiles of such artistic and political figures as Edith Wharton, Andre Malraux and Adolf Hitler. Although Flanner was obsessed with ``keeping her private life private,'' Wineapple skillfully reveals the complexity of her family relationships and her long, passionate affairs with Solano and others. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899194424
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/23/1989
Pages:
352

What People are saying about this

May Sarton
Wineapple has written a wonderfully perceptive and moving biography of Janet Flanner. I hated to finish it.
K Boyle
A triumph... How Brenda Wineapple understood Genet and her times is almost uncanny. She writes of them with quality and accuracy in a style that is almost startling in its simplicity.

Meet the Author

Brenda Wineapple, an English professor at Union College, Schenectady, New York, goes beyond the mast of Genêt to reveal Flanner—no less vivid and complex than Stein, the Fitzgeralds, Hemingway, and other American expatriates who crossed her path.

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