[ilds] Paris Revisited,NEW SPECIAL EDITION (Alyscamps Press)

Charles Sligh charles-sligh at utc.edu
Wed Apr 25 16:13:45 PDT 2012

Paris Revisited
Anaïs Nin

Alyscamps Press is proud to announce the publication (April 1st 2012) of 
a new special edition of Anaïs Nin’s classic chapbook, Paris Revisited 
(unavailable since 1974). When Anaïs fled Paris in 1939, with war fast 
approaching, it was with tremendous sadness. She did not know if she 
would ever return. It was not until 1954 that she saw Paris again. This 
text recounts her anticipation of her trip and experiences in the City 
of Light, where she relived memories of the years she once shared with 
Henry Miller, visited her old haunts, and sought out friends old and 
new, such as Richard Wright, Ossip Zadkine, and George Whitman, 
proprietor of the Mistral Bookstore (later Shakespeare & Company). In 
beautifully evocative prose, Anaïs reflects on the changes in Paris and 
gives her impressions of the then new generation of resident writers, 
including the Beats, James Jones, Richard Wright and William Styron.

Paris Revisited is followed by an extensive Afterword by leading 
historian of expatriate Paris, Karl Orend. This traces the story behind 
the scenes of her visit and reflects on her changing relationship with 
Henry Miller from the late 1930s to the 1950s. An account is given of 
the importance of Whitman’s bookstore to Anaïs, Henry Miller and 
Lawrence Durrell. An Album of nearly fifty rare photographs (several 
previously unpublished) of places and people mentioned in the text, or 
connected to Anaïs Nin, Lawrence Durrell and Henry Miller, supplements 
Paris Revisited. George Whitman, one of the legendary figures in Paris 
literary history, died in December 2011. This book also contains an 
epilogue pointing out his importance in literary Paris and an account of 
the days surrounding his death. Karl Orend worked with George Whitman 
for ten years, whilst simultaneously running Alyscamps Press, the most 
important expatriate publishing venture in Paris of the last fifty 
years. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in 
Paris literary history.

Paris Revisited is published for private distribution in Paris, in a 
limited edition of 150 copies, signed by the publisher. A limited number 
of copies are being made available for American libraries. Mail order 
copies can be obtained for $45 (post and packing $3.95). Checks are 
payable to Karl Orend and should be sent to:

Karl Orend
P.O. Box 92274
Austin, Texas 78709-2274

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