STANLEY WADE BARON
Title: 1950s ORIGINAL, SUPER LOOK INTO THE MIND OF A NOTED AUTHOR, POLITICAL ANALYST, ART CRITIC AND GIFTED PIANIST AS HE TRAVELS EUROPE AND AMERICA
Book Condition: Good+
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
Publisher: EUROPE USA  1950
Seller ID: 0002157
On offer are two  fascinating mid 20th Century travel diaries handwritten by Stanley Wade Baron, a Philadelphia born  American novelist and art critic who was also a gifted pianist. Baron worked in the US Embassy in London as a political analyst but in 1950, he resolved to become a writer and spent two years in Europe. His time was productive leading to two novels: 'End of the Line' and 'All My Enemies', and some candid reminiscences entitled 'People and Americans: A Memoir of Transatlantic Tourists'. In 1954, while in Majorca he wrote another novel 'The Facts of Love' about a spoiled but charming American woman in Paris and her exasperating treatment of men. These two diaries make for a fascinating glimpse into a privileged, literary, travelling life in post War Europe and America. These diaries, for historians and researchers, provide an unparalleled glance in Mr. Baron's psyche as he is ever analytical and has a keenly observant eye balanced between a pragmatic political observer and an ever open minded artistic brain. His thought processes are simply remarkable in many ways. Here is an example: "Not too cold particularly this am. Reading David Copperfield which reads admirably like autobiography, the beginning certainly like Tristam Shandy though less fantastic. What makes the Heeps so awful? love of girl children, one of (unconscious) themes. Are there really too many characters so many simply thrown away so I suspect some that seems wrong we will have their uses later. In David Copperfield the reliance on coincidence D. seeing Michamber on the street while taking tea with the Heeps, D running in to Steerforth at London pub en route to Yarmouth. Dickens does not flinch of these things. Miss Mowember the cosmetician dwarf an amazing creation but has she a purpose? and doesn't she reminds one of the dollmaker Fanny Claiming (Jenny Wren) in Our Mutual Friend? Is there a case for saying Dickens uses practice characters who he later perfects?" As to the two books proper: His first diary, written while travelling, includes entries made in London, France, Majorca and Tangiers. It details his social life, his writing, plotting and reading and his state of health. He meets such notables as Paul Bowles, Elsa Maxwell, Speed Lamkin, Gwen Ffrangcon-Davis, Esme Percy, Trevor Howard, Duff Cooper, Anne and Mohamed Mehdevi and others. He describes his visit to two bull-fights and his travels by sea, train and car. The 6 x 4 inch book has approximately 135 or so pages well filled and written in a precise small hand. Overall G+. The second diary is written while the author is in America and includes trips to New York and Boston. He writes about his very active social life, his writings, and refers to books he is reading such as David Copperfield offering his insights and opinions regarding the style, the characters and the author's rationale. Overall G.
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