Title: Babette: Elisabeth Ullman Wills
Publisher: iUniverse, Inc.
Publication Date: 2005
Book Condition: Collectible: Like New
Flat SIGNED by Constance Crawford on the title page and additionally inscribed and SIGNED by her, also on the title page. There is a short light crease on the base of the front cover, else the volume is fine. Bookseller Inventory # 1104220012
Synopsis: As we quickly learn from Constance Crawford's perceptive and engaging memoir, it was in Babette's nature, in the genes and circumstances she inherited from both her mother and her father, to go against the grain of the high French bourgeoisie into which she was born. Once free to choose, she chose a far richer world of painters, writers, and musicians. 'We were not hippies,' she says of the circle of impecunious friends she shared with her first husband, Paul Ullman, in Montparnasse, in the 1930s. 'We were Bohemians.'The difference, of course, was-and is-style. Everything about Babette, including her generosity of spirit, her hospitality, and her gift for friendship, is infused with style. Sartre wrote: 'Life is nothing until it is lived.' And Babette has lived hers to the full, with courage, imagination, and elegance. By way of that modest Paris atelier followed by several gilded and cosseted years in New York and Connecticut, it has taken her from the band-stand and fishing boats of Sanary-sur-Mer to the virtually organic house in Portola Valley so familiar to her friends, so much a part of the texture of our own lives, that we all seem to live there, too. And, in a way, we do."-Gerald Asher
About the Author: Constance Crawford, a graduate of the Creative Writing department at Stanford University, has sold fiction to Mademoiselle, Seventeen, and McCalls. She is the author of The Muse of Menus, Stories from Life and Cooking which includes a chapter about Babette, whom she has known since 1952. She lives and writes in Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, California.
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