"Janet Flanner gave me the first two Simenons I ever read"

Well acquainted with both Gertrude Stein and Hemingway, Janet Flanner was one of the American expatriate circle living in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s. As foreign correspondent for The New Yorker in 1925, her bi-monthly column 'Letter From Paris' appeared in the magazine for the next fifty years.

The first collection of these letters, Paris Was Yesterday, which covers the years 1925-1935, makes an interesting comparison to Hemingway's A Moveable Feast. Although her novel, The Cubical City, was published in 1926, it is for her journalism that she is best remembered.