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free people in paris

First, Henry James took to Europe his delicate sensibilities, and later Ernest Hemingway too his lusty appetites. James described his countrymen as noxious exports, vocal and clannish. Experimentation and the permissive culture of France had replaced Italy as the point … Continue reading

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americans abroad: in search of “classical” education

The Henry James archetype of the American abroad: Generally painters, novelists or historians of the arts. Almost all of them idlers who live on unearned income and found in Switzerland an ideal tax haven; pensioners an elderly couples stretching their … Continue reading

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ambassadors for the innocents

Henry James took to Europe his delicate sensibilities and Hemingway took his lusty appetites in the tradition of Mark twain and his Innocents abroad, an enduring myth from the perch of American cultural and moral superiority, a sort of purity … Continue reading

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out of the nest: innocence abroad

Henry James took to Europe his delicate sensibilities, and later Hemingway took his lusty appetites; today the idea of innocence abroad lingers but tenuously, as the rejection of home… The American emigre movement to Europe ┬áhad its beginnings in the … Continue reading

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evil:designed to last

The existence of villainy in a world under divine supervision is an issue which has long troubled humanity. In terms of literature and the arts, the presence of the serpent in the Garden of Eden was an unqualified and unmixed … Continue reading

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can’t find the switch of the light of good

What is evil? A question that has been a source of much reflection over time. Certainly, the connection between the law and morality is always tenuous and much villainy is perfectly legal. In fact, the existence of evil in a … Continue reading

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platonic painter and patron

Isabella Stewart Gardner. A dashing individualist, with the showmanship of Ziegfeld and the temper of Toscanini, she took Boston by storm. A passion for old master art, young men and music all seemed to come together in one of the … Continue reading

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Money is the sixth sense

Isabella Stewart Gardner was certainly no prude. She liked to tell risque jokes in public, and she did her best to shake up, startle, and rattle staid old Boston society. Her pleasure dome in the Back Bay filled with masterpieces … Continue reading

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mrs. jack: Old Masters and young men

She was a dashing individualist, “Mrs. Jack” as she was called, startled Boston high society by erecting a Venetian pleasure dome in the Back Bay and filling it with masterpieces for the public to enjoy. Venetian lions guard the entrance, … Continue reading

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mid life crisis: faulty time machine

Shapes of things. Fabian socialism. Martians sucking blood from humans for nourishment. H.G. Wells emergence as a novelist proper belongs to the period between the turn of the century and the end of its first decade, when he was able … Continue reading

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