Exiled in Paris: Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett, and Others on the Left Bank

James Campbell, Author Scribner Book Company $24.5 (271p) ISBN 978-0-689-12172-2
English author Campbell (Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin) has loosely strung together interesting anecdotes about the group of expatriate writers and artists who lived and worked on the Left Bank after WWII. Several of them were African Americans, including Wright and Baldwin, who were fleeing the racist climate in the U.S. Drawing on interviews and published reminiscences, the author details the feud between the two novelists, fueled by literary rivalry and paranoia. He also focuses on the history of Olympia Press, founded by Maurice Girodias, who with the assistance of Glasgow writer Alexander Trocchi published Lolita, The Story of O and other controversial books. Campbell successfully evokes the flavor of Parisian cafe life in this memoir that will be of great interest to literature devotees. Photos not seen by PW. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/30/1995
Release date: 02/01/1995
Genre: Nonfiction
Ebook - 284 pages - 978-0-520-92889-3
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