Shadows of the Sun: The Diaries of Harry Crosby. Paris Expatriates, Harry Crosby.

Shadows of the Sun: The Diaries of Harry Crosby.

Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1977. Limited Edition. A Fine copy in a Fine acetate dust jacket. This is 1/200 numbered copies with a corduroy binding. Harry Crosby, the nephew of banker/financier J.P. Morgan, died in 1929 at the age of 31 in a double suicide pact in a New York hotel with one of his mistresses. What brought this priviledged Bostonian to such an abrupt end is not so eay to explain. When America officially entered the First World War he volunteered with the U.S. Army Ambulance Corps. It was during the the Battle of Orme that an artillery shell exploded next to him killing everyone nearby but sparing Harry. From that point on, he was obsessed with death and the brilliance of the sun. He moved to Paris int he early 20s living the bohemian life with his fellow expatriates, indulging himself in all of the taboos as if to challenge death to take him. These diaries record his fascination with travel, exotic intoxicants, open marriage and above all--death. It has been said by a contemporary that when Harry died, so died the Lost Generation. Item #23721
ISBN: 0876853041

Price: $400.00

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