Other Americans in Paris : Businessmen, Countesses, Wayward Youth, 1880-1941
The largely untold story of Americans on the Right Bankwho outnumbered the Left Bank writers and artists by ten to oneturns out to be a fascinating one. These were mostly businessmen, manufacturers’ representatives, and lawyers, but also newly-minted American countesses married to dashing but cash-poor foreigners with impressive titles, though most of the women were spouses of the businessmen. Thanks to Nancy Green’s superb archival research, this new cast of characters emerges with singular vitality. While Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and other writers all appear here, and do so in a new light, the focus is on the men and women who settled into the gilded ghetto of the Right Bank. Green’s story of these overseas Americans is a way of internationalizing American history (it is also a way of questioning the meaning of Americanization” in the 20th century).