How he could now be forgotten seems unfathomable. Lewis Galantière guided Hemingway through his first years in Paris, when the author was unknown and desperate for recognition. He helped James Joyce and Sylvia Beach launch Ulysses; started John Houseman in his theatrical career, and collaborated with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in the writing of Wind, Sand and Stars and Flight to Arras. He was a playwright, a literary and cultural critic and an author, Federal Reserve Bank economist throughout the Great Depression, director of the French Branch of the Office of War Information at the onset of World War II, ACLU Director during the McCarthyism-fraught 1950s, Counselor to Radio Free Europe, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and, at a crucial time in its history, president of PEN America, the writers advocacy organization.
Yet, today, few know his name and, to those who do, he is a cipher...
And that was precisely his intent. The son of Jewish Latvian immigrants at a time of rampant anti-semitism, Lewis spent his first thirteen years in Chicago's tenements and did not complete grade school. Yet, by his early twenties, he had convinced the world that he was the apostate son of French Catholic parents, and had earned degrees from French and German universities.
Galantière, The Lost Generation’s Forgotten Man, is both a historical chronicle providing rare insights into the lives of leading twentieth century figures (with previously unpublished personal correspondence from Hadley Hemingway and Alfred Knopf), and a meticulously researched biography. Galantière presents, for the first time, the seemingly magical story of the self-fabricated and fully-realized man, Lewis Galantière.
Praise for Galantière
— H. R. Stoneback, Distinguished Professor of English, The State University of New York; Past President, Ernest Hemingway Foundation & Society; author of Reading Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (Kent State UP) and numerous other works on Hemingway and American literature.
— Rosanna Warren, Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor, The Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago
— A. Ross Johnson, Visiting Scholar, Hoover Institution; Adviser to the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Project, Hoover Archives; former Director, Radio Free Europe