Women of the Left Bank: Paris, 1900-1940

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Now available in a durable paperback edition, Shari Benstock's critically acclaimed, best-selling Women of the Left Bank is a fascinating exploration of the lives and works of some two dozen American, English, and French women whose talent shaped the Paris expatriate experience in the century's early years.

This ambitious historical, biographical, and critical study has taken its place among the foremost works of literary criticism. Maurice Beebe calls it "a distinguished ...

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Overview

Now available in a durable paperback edition, Shari Benstock's critically acclaimed, best-selling Women of the Left Bank is a fascinating exploration of the lives and works of some two dozen American, English, and French women whose talent shaped the Paris expatriate experience in the century's early years.

This ambitious historical, biographical, and critical study has taken its place among the foremost works of literary criticism. Maurice Beebe calls it "a distinguished contribution to modern literary history." Jane Marcus hails it as "the first serious literary history of the period and its women writers, making along the way no small contribution to our understanding of the relationships between women artists and their male counterparts, from Henry James to Hemingway, Joyce, Picasso, and Pound."

A fascinating exploration of the lives and works of two dozen American, English, and French women, whose talent helped shape the Paris expatriate experience in this century's early years.

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Editorial Reviews

National Public Radio
Shari Benstock... weaves together, with great skill, the histories of an extraordinary group of talented women--publishers like Sylvia Beach, Caresse Crosby, Margaret Anderson, and Jane Heap, novelists Jean Rhys, Gertrude Stein, and Edith Wharton. She examines in some depth the writing produced by poets, journalists and novelists, thus combining literary criticism and social history in a seamless running narrative.... A valuable and intriguing book.
— Doris Grumbach
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Benstock has made visible the women of the Left Bank (1900-40) and in doing so has forced a redefinition of what literary modernism was, who was important in it, and how it is to be defined.... Modernism as we will understand it for a long time to come will be defined by Benstock's book...
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Women of the Left Bank is perhaps the most exciting book I've held in my hands all fall. It details and describes the lives (and relationships) of a community of women in Paris (1900-1940) that strongly parallels the feminist writing, publishing, thought-shaking community of our own times...
— Carol Seajay
National Public Radio - Doris Grumbach
Shari Benstock... weaves together, with great skill, the histories of an extraordinary group of talented women--publishers like Sylvia Beach, Caresse Crosby, Margaret Anderson, and Jane Heap, novelists Jean Rhys, Gertrude Stein, and Edith Wharton. She examines in some depth the writing produced by poets, journalists and novelists, thus combining literary criticism and social history in a seamless running narrative.... A valuable and intriguing book.
Feminist Bookstore News - Carol Seajay
Women of the Left Bank is perhaps the most exciting book I've held in my hands all fall. It details and describes the lives (and relationships) of a community of women in Paris (1900-1940) that strongly parallels the feminist writing, publishing, thought-shaking community of our own times...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292790407
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1987
  • Pages: 566
  • Sales rank: 1,263,836
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Part I. Discoveries
1. Women of the Left Bank
2. Secret Passages: The Faubourg St. Germain
3. Simultaneous Existences: Four Lives in St. Germain
4. From the Left Bank to the Upper East Side: Janet Flanner's Letter from Paris
Part II. Settlements
5. Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas: Rue de Fleurus
6. Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier: Rue de l'Odéon
7. Djuna Barnes: Rue St.-Romain
8. Natalie Barney: Rue Jacob
Part III. Crossroads
9. H. D. and Bryher: En passant
10. At the Sign of the Printing Press: The Role of Small Presses and Little Magazines
11. Paris Transfer: The 1930s
12. The City They Left
Notes
Works Cited and Consulted
Index
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