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Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961), poète, romancier et essayiste français, auteur de l’Or, dont l’œuvre poétique est vouée à l’aventure et à la conquête symbolique du monde.

"Ayesha" -- Aïcha Goblet -- Model, actress, & singer in Montmartre, here by Modigliani. Click for a few tidbits -- She was French; her father was a juggler in a traveling circus. By age six she performed on horseback. She came to Paris at 16 and was "known to all the painters of the Ecole de Paris." Jules Pascin, Fujita, Moïse Kisling & others bpainted her, sometimes depicting her with red hair. She did write a memoir -- has anyone seen it? More at sfonline.barnard....

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Photo of Aicha Goblet, by Man Ray, 1922 Referred to as "The Miss Africa of Montparnasse is Aïcha" by French art critic Andre Salmon.

CENDRARS, Blaise & DELAUNAY, Sonia. La Prose du Transsibérian et de la Petite Jehanne de France. Paris: Editions des Hommes Nouveaux, 1913. Hailed as "one of the most beautiful books ever created" sold recently at Sotheby's for over 415,000.

Carson McCullers ~The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter ('40) Reflections in a Golden Eye ('41) The Member of the Wedding ('46) Ballad of the Sad Café ('51). " Mrs. McCullers &... Mr. Faulkner only writers since D. H. Lawrence w/ original poetic sensibility. Prefer Mrs. McCullers to Mr. Faulkner; she writes more clearly; prefer her to Lawrence because she has no message." – Graham Greene