Genet: A Biography of Janet Flanner

by Brenda Wineapple

Hardcover, 1989



Call number

PS3511 .L285


Ticknor & Fields (1989), Edition: First Edition, 361 pages


The daughter of an Indianapolis mortician, Janet Flanner really began to live at the age of thirty, when she fled to Paris with her female lover. That was in 1921, a few yearsnbsp;before she signed on as Paris correspondent for the New Yorker, taking the pseudonym GenĂȘt. For half a century she described life on the Continent with matchless elegance.

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LibraryThing member EricCostello
A relatively straightforward biography of the long-time writer for the New Yorker, and fixture on the Paris literary scene. The author does not shy away from some of the more unpleasant aspects of Janet Flanner's character; Flanner comes across as someone that was rather manipulative and inconstant in her personal life, and subject to maddening habit in her writing that must have made working with her a martyrdom. Still, you get a sense of why Flanner was an intriguing writer, and it goes beyond having a good editor. Might be recommended for those interested in literary history, but not a book of broad appeal.… (more)


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Physical description

361 p.; 9.4 inches


0899194427 / 9780899194424
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