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Ernest Hemingway: Life and Loves

Born July 21, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, Ernest Miller Hemingway was raised by his physician father and musician mother. A writer from an early age, Hemingway was first published at 17 by his school newspaper and, rather than attending college, went to work for the Kansas City Star as a reporter directly after high […]

The Early Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born on September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota. His full name comes from his second cousin three times removed (on his father’s side), Francis Scott Key, famous for writing the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Like many authors, Scott began writing at an early age, a detective story he […]

Sex and Sexuality in Paris

France had decriminalized homosexuality in 1791, which made Paris (along with Berlin) a sort of mecca for homosexuals, particularly lesbians. Open lesbians, such as the legendary Natalie Clifford Barney, served as examples for homosexuals who were forced to hide their sexuality in other parts of the world. According to historian James Baxter, “those who moved […]

The Early Life of Ezra Pound

Perhaps my favorite one-line description of Pound comes from historian Michael Reynolds, who described him as “literary talent scout, carpenter, self-taught musician, writer of poems and midwife to the new age”. Ezra Pound was born October 30, 1885 in the tiny town of Hailey, Idaho. Pound knew at an early age that he was going […]

Americans in Paris

The 1920s saw a huge number of Americans moving to Paris. By one estimate, 35,000 Americans migrated to Paris between 1920 and 1927. These were writers, artists, and tourists flocking to the City of Lights for a variety of reasons, both logistical and emotional. Historian George Wickes argues that Paris quickly became the destination for […]