Beginning with Richard Wright’s meeting with Gertrude Stein in 1946 and ending with his death in suspicious circumstances fourteen years later,
provides a compelling look at the Left Bank café society that dominated postwar Paris.
James Campbell writes about James Baldwin, Nabokov, Boris Vian, Maurice Girodias and reveals a multitude of strange tales: the resurrection of Samuel Beckett by a small Left Bank magazine; the truth about the scandalous best-seller The Story of O ; and what happened when the Beat Generation came to Paris. Above all, Campbell celebrates the prevailing spirit of freedom in those years and the art it fostered.
Douglas Field also writes about James Campbell's Talking at the Gates , his biography of African American author James Baldwin. Read it here .
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