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'One of the few books that doesn't stink'

The Intellectuals, the Masses and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Faye Hammill

Anita Loos's tribute to Aldous Huxley appeared in a memorial volume compiled by Julian Huxley in 1966. Among the contributors were Lord David Cecil, Stephen Spender, T.S. Eliot, Osbert Sitwell, Leonard Woolf and Isaiah Berlin. Loos was on eof Aldous Huxley's most famous friends: she was a successful and well connected screenwriter, and the astonishing sales of her novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) made her a millionaire and a celebrity. The novel also significantly increased her cultural capital, since it was admired by eminent writers and thinkers including James Joyce, Edith Wharton, H.L. Mencken, William Faulkner, Sherwood Anderson, William Empson, George Santayana and Rose Macaulay. For many years, Loos was one of the best known women in the United States, and 1966 was the year she published her autobiographical volume A Girl Like I, which received enthusiastic reviews and led to retrospectives of her films. And yet, if Anita Loos today stands out from the list of Julian Huxley's contributors, it is because the other names are still so familiar, while hers has become obscure.

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David Nicol

dramatization of the lives of Captain John Smith, the governor of Jamestown, and Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan who married the plantation owner John Rolfe and became a celebrity in London before her untimely death in 1616. The revelation of this

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Kavita Mudan Finn

wasn’t nearly enough of a celebrity to merit the front page. Four trips in and out of rehab, arrested using any kind of drug you could imagine, and weaseling out of jail because his family owned Broome Investments and had more money than God. Not to

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The Miserable, Mythical, Magical Marmiton

Representing Culinary Apprenticeship in Early Third Republic France

Michael D. Garval

Revealing paradoxes abounded in early Third Republic French representations of the marmiton, or culinary apprentice. Investigative reportage and reformist discourse exposed apprentices’ miserable existence while still depicting these young fellows as playful and carefree. Conversely, popular marmiton mythology, particularly in children’s literature, idealized culinary apprenticeship, amid glimpses of harsh living and working conditions, while also highlighting admittedly rare opportunities for ambitious apprentices to achieve substantial public success. Max Jacob’s children’s book Histoire du Roi Kaboul Ier et du Marmiton Gauwain provides an emblematic example with its parodic fairy-tale rendering of celebrity chef Auguste Escoffier’s extraordinary triumphs. Ultimately, while enchanting, the rosy popular vision of the magical marmiton obfuscated exploitative child labor practices underpinning the whole culinary enterprise in this supposed golden age of French gastronomy.

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Walter Benjamin

The Consolation of History in a Paris Exile

Patrick H. Hutton

Walter Benjamin, a Jewish German literary critic of modest reputation during the interwar years, has become an intellectual celebrity in our times. In flight from Nazi Germany, he took refuge in Paris during the 1930s before dying in 1940 in a vain effort to escape to America. In this essay, I analyze his ideas as conceived in his Paris exile, with particular attention to his turn to the topics of memory and of history and of the relationship between them. I close with some thoughts on how his ideas about memory's redeeming power played into the humanist Marxism of the intellectuals of the 1960s and subsequently the preoccupation with memory in late twentieth-century scholarship.

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Brian Yothers, Gillian Dooley, Guy Galazka, Peter Weisensel, Jackie Coon, Magdalena Banaszkiewicz, and David Cashman

liminal space in that they are spaces for discovery and reflection—indeed the space that Morales occupies herself. She argues that the cult of celebrities has become a new form of “religion” together with ferociously devout followers, dismissive

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Michael Hughes

, achieving a kind of celebrity status which meant that he could not be easily ignored. His scare-mongering about the threat posed to Britain by invasion from abroad before 1914 became part of a national discourse that emphasised the country's vulnerability in

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The Mysterious Mr Le Queux

War Novelist, Defence Publicist and Counterspy

Roger T. Stearn

much about his life today remains mysterious. His Who's Who entries, his interviews with popular magazines, his memoirs Things I Know about Kings, Celebrities and Crooks (1923) and, largely copied from them, the ‘official biography’ by Norman St

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Radical Reactionary

The Politics of William Le Queux

Harry Wood

echoed almost word for word in his problematic autobiography Things I Know about Kings, Celebrities, and Crooks. In the chapter ‘Spies and Spying’, he insisted that he approached the subject ‘without politics … for I am no politician, and have never

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Introduction

‘William Le Queux, Master of Misinformation’

Ailise Bulfin and Harry Wood

smattering of mentions in literary reference works. 5 Published in 1923, Things I Know about Kings, Celebrities and Crooks is the closest Le Queux came to writing an autobiography. 6 Though marketed as such, the book is best approached as an extension of