Why the Expats Left Paris


Writers and editors of the Paris Review, outside the Café de Tournon in late 1954 or early 1955. Front row, from left to right: Vilma Howard, poet; Jane Lougee, the publisher of Merlin; Muffy Wainhouse, Jean Garrigue, poet.  Second row: Christopher Logue, poet and Merlin editor; Richard Seaver, editor, Evergreen Review; Evan S. Connell, novelist; Niccolo Tucci, novelist; "Gloria the Beautiful Cloak Model"; Michel van der Plats from Dutch Het Vaderland; Peter Huyn, poet; Alfred Chester, novelist and short story writer; Austryn Wainhouse, novelist and Merlin editor. Top row: Paris Review editors Eugene Walter, George Plimpton and William Pegravene du Bois; James Broughton, film-maker; William Gardner Smith, novelist; Harold Witt, poet. 

The fabulous 50s and the ‘age of the American writers’ in Paris.  Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and their troupe of fellow existentialist, Les Temps Moderne, were at the heart of the Paris intellectual scene.  American Saul Bellow was there and George Plimpton co-founded the Paris Review.  Mega star black writers Richard Wright, James Baldwin, William Gardner-Smith, and Chester Himes were on top of their craft as writers in the city.   Café Tournon, Café de Flore, and Les Deux Magots were the Assembly Nationales of the intellectuals.  But then the times would change..

Why the Expats Left Paris  

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