Title: Confessions of a Harvard Man. "The Street I ...
Publisher: The Paget Press, Sutton West
Publication Date: 1984
A Near Fine copy without the issued mylar dust jacket. Harold Edmund Stearns, critic and essayist, was a member of the American expatriate group in Paris in the Twenties along with other notable exiles Ernest Hemingway, Elliot Paul, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Glenway Wescott, John Dos Passos, Robert Coates. Stearns was the model for the character Harvey Stone in Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises. Stearns was known by his intimates as a "picturesque ruin" and what he left behind him in America was "the broken promise of a brilliant career—essays in The New Republic, editorship of The Dial, prime mover of the famous iconoclastic symposium Civilization in the United States." He confesses in this autobiography, originally published as "The Street I Know," that he made a career of drink and an occupation out of borrowing money. For many chroniclers of the era, Stearns was the quintessential expatriate--a symbol of the "exile" period in American literature. While Stearns had primarily literary interests, his pattern of denial and affirmation that he wove into his life took the form of rejection of American values and then a sober re-examination of them. First Printing of the First Trade Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 24065
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