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All Hemingway scholars must know the name Lewis Galantière. But before this book they have known precious little about the man—aptly characterized in this volume’s title as “The Lost Generation’s Forgotten Man.” From the very first days of young Ernest Hemingway’s arrival in Paris to serve his literary apprenticeship and pursue the career that would take him, in a few short years, from an unknown to the pinnacle of literary fame, Galantière was a key figure for Hemingway. Mark Lurie’s impeccably researched and amply documented biography unearths valuable neglected details of the Hemingway-Galantière friendship. Thus this volume belongs on the shelves of all Hemingway scholars, students, and aficionados. And, it must be added, in the hands of all readers concerned with 20th-century American identities and history. For here, we have the facts and the fictions of a remarkable man who must not be “forgotten.” The complete story of Lewis Galantière’s life and work, so admirably and perspicaciously written here, reveals much that has to do with the core of what we must still call “the American Dream.” This valuable portrait of Galantière is a compelling tale, well-told for the first time.
This biography of Lewis Galantière is a valuable addition to the literature on personalities that shaped United States policy during World War II and the Cold War. Drawing on exhaustive archival research, the book examines Galantière’s career as French-language broadcaster on the wartime Voice of America and as author of influential contributions to Foreign Affairs and other policy journals at the outset of the Cold War. It traces in detail Galantière’s service at the Free Europe Committee and Radio Free Europe from 1950 to 1965, where he consistently counseled policies promoting evolution in Eastern Europe and clashed with other FEC officials espousing liberation. The book includes the texts of many key documents in the notes and is an indispensable guide to the history of Radio Free Europe in its early years.