THE WAY IT WAS by Harold Loeb


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This unusual book is in essence two books. The first is a brief compendium, by the wealthy and literate scion of the Loeb- Guggenheim family, of the intellectual dramatis personae of the twenties. The whole articulate population of Greenwich Village and the Left Bank breeze by in context of their association with the author and his avant garde magazine, The Broom. Just when the reader is beginning to understand, how, precisely, the twenties roared, he finds himself catapulted into an autobiographical reminiscence starring a young woman, who is uncomfortably similar to Lady Brett Ashley. The fact that Hemingway and Pampalona figure intimately, and that Harold Loeb was a young Jew recently graduated from Princeton, adds to the shock of recognition, leading one to the opinion that here is a new perspective on The Sun Also Rises. For those who dote on literary guessing games, for those who miss the emotional fervor of the twenties, or simply for the curious, here is a fascinating look backward, written by an informed adult, who has not shied away from challenge of experience.

Pub Date: May 15th, 1959
Publisher: Criterion