Americans and Paris (#3)

There has always been a strong relationship between Paris and American artists and writers.

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 Famous Americans who lived in Paris    A short Bibliography of books on Americans in Paris

 Actors, dancers :

  • Isadora DUNCAN (1905-1927)
  • George HEALY (1834-1892)
  • Jean SEBERG (1958-1979)
  • More to come ...

Painters, photographers, sculptors :

  • Mary CASSATT (1851-1926)
  • William Turner DANNAT (1883-1929)
  • Walter GAY (1876-1937)
  • Thomas Alexander HARRISON (1879-1930)
  • Edward HOPPER (1906-1907)
  • Man RAY (1922-1925?)
  • John Singer SARGENT (1874-1925 between Paris, London and Italy)
  • James Abbott McNeil WHISTLER (1855-1903)
  • More to come ...

Musicians, singers :

  • Josephine BAKER (1925-1975)
  • Sidney BECHET (1950-1959)
  • Kenny CLARKE (1956-1985)
  • William CHRISTIE (since 1970s)
  • Cole PORTER (1918-?)
  • More to come ...

Politicians :

  • Benjamin FRANKLIN (several times between 1767 and 1785)
  • Thomas JEFFERSON (1785-1787)
  • Gouverneur MORRIS (1789-1792)
  • Thomas PAINE (1792-1802)
  • More to come ...

Writers and journalists :

  • Sherwood ANDERSON
  • Paul AUSTER (1971-1974)
  • James BALDWIN (1948-1987)
  • Joel BARLOW (1788-1805)
  • Natalie Clifford BARNEY (1909-1969)
  • Sylvia BEACH (1925-1962)
  • Saul BELLOW (1948-1950)
  • Louis BROMFIELD (1925-1939)
  • Art BUCHWALD (1948-1962)
  • James Fenimore COOPER (1826-1833)
  • John DOS PASSOS (1921)
 
  • See a specific list of books on American writers
  • Harvey LEVENSTEIN, Seductive Journey - American tourists in France from Jefferson to the Jazz Age, Univ.Chicago Press, 1998
  • Stephen LONGSTREET, We All Went to Paris - Americans in the City of Light 1776-1971, McMillan, New York, 1972
  • Brian N.MORTON, Americans in Paris- An Anecdotal Street Guide, The Olivia & Hill, 1984
  • Brian N. MORTON, Americans in Paris, The Olivia & Hillm Press, Ann Arbor, 1984
  • More to come

DID YOU KNOW THAT....? Some American writers are more popular in France than in the USA and their books sell more in France ! Among them : Bret Easton Ellis, John Fante, Charles Bukowski, Paul Auster, Douglas Kennedy, etc... Not to mention Woody Allen and Jerry Lewis, some movie directors are more popular in France : David Lynch, Samuel Fuller, John Cassavetes, etc... More about American artists the French like the best.

  • Ralph Waldo EMERSON (1832)
  • M.F.K. FISCHER (in 1930s)
  • Francis Scott FITZGERALD
  • Janet FLANNER Genêt (1921-1978)
  • Allen GINSBERG (1957-1959?)
  • Ernest HEMINGWAY (1921-1930?) (read "A Moveable Feast")
  • Chester HIMES (1953-1965)
  • Washington IRVING (1920)
  • Henry JAMES (1875-1876) (read "A Little Tour in France")
  • James JONES (1958-1975)
  • Douglas KENNEDY
  • Sinclair LEWIS (1925-1925)
  • Carson McCULLERS (1946)
  • Norman MAILER (1947-1948)
  • Henry MILLER (1930-1935?) (read "Quiet Days in Clichy")
  • Anaïs NIN (1924-1940)
  • Ezra POUND (1920-1929)
  • Irwin SHAW
  • Danielle STEEL
  • Gertrude STEIN (1903-1946)
  • Booth TARKINGTON (1905-1908)
  • Alice B.TOKLAS (1907-1967)
  • Mark TWAIN (1879)
  • Edith WHARTON (1906-1937) (read "French Ways and Their Meaning")
  • Edmund WHITE (1970s-1980s)
  • Thomas WOLFE (1925)
  • Richard WRIGHT (1946-1960)
  • More to come ...

Others :

  • John BERRY (1950-1999)
  • Jules DASSIN (1967-1974)
  • Samuel MORSE (1829-1832)
  • More to come ....

(The dates are the dates of life in Paris)

 

Read about other (non-American) foreign artists and writers who lived in Paris.

DID YOU KNOW THAT ....? One of the greatest American movies is the delightful "An American in Paris" directed by Vicente Minelli in 1951, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron with a music by George Gershwin.It was shot in an American studio and there is not one single view of Paris but it is a charming picture of a romantic Paris of dream.

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Harriet Welty Rochefort writes articles and books about France and the French. Order her books :

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  • "French Fried, The Culinary Capers of An American in Paris", St.Martin's Press, New York, 2001

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