Kiki's Memoirs. Edited by Billy kluver & Julie Martin. Introductioon by Ernest Hemingway. Photos by Man Ray.
New York: Ecco Press, 1996. First Printing of the First Ecco Edition. A Fine copy in a Near Fine dust jacket with a small closed edge tear. .
Known as the queen of Montparnasse, Kiki was the quintessential artists' muse and model. She epitomized the verve of 1920s Paris--with her strong and alluring face and graceful and voluptuous body--and became a modern icon in the photographs of her longtime lover, Man Ray. First published in 1929 and promptly banned in the U.S., Kiki's account of herself as a "love child" who suffered profound emotional and physical deprivation is a work of great wit and elan. She wrote about her youth again for a Paris newspaper, just a few years before her death, and these reminiscences are frank, elegantly understated, and truly moving. Kiki survived her brutal youth with intelligence and humor, making her way to the very heart of the art world where her uninhibited sexuality, theatricality, and abundant joie de vivre ensured her a life of spirited and celebrated improvisation. Item #28309
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