Monday, July 18, 2011

Last Part of American Writers Tour in Paris~


And here we are again on the last segment of our
American Writers in Paris Tour.
I had to include this door just because I loved it
(even though the shot is a bit wonky) 
and doors are my thing!

Heading south on Rue Bonaparte
at #36 is the Hotel St. Germain des Pres
where Janet Flanner (pen name 'Genet') lived for 50 years.


Writing from here, Flanner served as
 The New Yorker Magazine's Parisian correspondent, 
sending in her 'Letter from Paris' from 1925-1975. 

When in New York, she ran with the members of the 
(a varied group of New York wits who met for lunch daily
for nearly ten years at the Algonquin Hotel).
When in Paris,
she was a member of the Lost Generation
becoming good friends with Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.  
Though briefly married, 
Flanner met and fell in love with Solita Solano in 1918
and while they lived together for over 50 years,
they were not monogamous. 


Henry Miller also lived in this building,
on the top floor,
in 1930.


The attendant was kind enough to let me
step inside and snap a few photos.



While I'm sure it's a shade different
from its former days,
still fun to see what it looks like now. 


Continuing along Rue Bonaparte to St. Germain-des-Pres,
a few blocks down turn right onto Rue de Seine.
On the corner, which has become, Rue du Tournon, sits #20
where Booth Tarkington lived from 1905-1908,
the Pulitzer Prize winning author of 
The Magnificent Ambersons and Alice Adams 
and one of the very few to have won the Pulitzer for fiction more than once. 

While there is so much more to see, our tour ends here.
But I highly recommend clicking on the website here for more.

It was thoroughly enjoyable to walk it 
and delightful to share with you. 
Thanks for joining me.


(Photographs copyright: Kirsten Steen)

4 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD EVENING KIRSTEN,

I was just thinking at this hour, 8:00pm, that I would love to take a stroll; our weather here however, at 117 degrees F is a bit much. But this tour is fabulous, so chilling to see these haunts of the greats!

ENJOY YOUR EVENING!!! Anita

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello,
I visited your blog today. Your photos are lovely. While reading it, I noticed that we have alot of the same interests. I love photography, good food, and my daughters love to travel. I saw that you like Paris and Greece. They went to Paris a couple of years ago, and loved everything about it - and one went to Greece also. In fact, we did a post on "Heritage" about Greece that I think you might like. We just started a new blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. We would enjoy coming back to visit with you and seeing all your adventurous pictures, as my daughter has traveled through Europe herself. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Thanks, Kirsten...you are so dear.

I think you were probably standing flat in that 1st photo...this happens often in Paris...crooked photos. Look at photos of the Eiffel tour. Crooked. If you have Microsoft Picture Editor go to "straighten photo" and it is a breeze...if you want it straightend. Don't you wish you were there now? Still light at 9:30. So ideal for me...the longer the day the happier I am. I hate nightime. A strong word...but seriously...I cringe. I was there this time of year, but out in the country...house sitting. Near Fountainbleu. Heaven. Heaven. And did I say, heaven?
All the best,
Catherine xx

DolceDreams said...

I just love these doors Kirsten! Have you played around on Pinterest yet? There are so many fabulous doors there too! Enjoy your weekend,
Nathalie