Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Robert McAlmon Revisited

A brief primer on writer and lesbian-marrier Robert McAlmon. (Who? Yes.)

A writer, publisher, and a connoisseur of the Parisian nightlife, Robert McAlmon was a fixture of the Lost Generation’s expatriate community in Paris in the 20s and 30s. McAlmon took Hemingway out to the bullfights in Spain that he would immortalize in The Sun Also Rises. He typed proofs of James Joyce’s monumental novel Ulysses, and due to the convoluted system of notes and addendums in Joyce’s manuscript, the voice of Molly Bloom that the first generation of readers received was actually McAlmon’s interpretation of Joyce’s. Through his publishing company Contact Editions, he was the first to publish works by such luminaries of the modernist movement as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, William Carlos Williams, Djuna Barnes, H.D., and Nathanael West.

I am finally going to read Being Geniuses Together.

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dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

One of the all time great titles. If you get through it you will have confirmed once again that you're a better man than I.

laurel (#4,035)

It's gossipy! "We all worked. There was a French painter about with an American wife who was a stage designer and interior decorator, and one of the other wives was inclined to think she was designing in other ways…"

I believe it was Dorothy Parker who wrote:
I'd rather live in Seattle
And pack salmon
Than live in Paris
And write like Robert McAlmon.

Doug Henwood (#6,729)

One could do far worse than marrying a lesbian.

Vera Knoop (#2,167)

@Doug Henwood It worked for me!

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