Spring 1943 • Vol. V No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1943 |

Gallic American

Memories Of Happy Days by Julian Green. Harpers. $3.00. The lives of the poets are among the pleasant by-products of literature—the leisurely, intimate personal conversations about the past such as this one of Julian Green's. It is quite the reverse of the highly business-like hackwork of biography and autobiography as it flourishes today, representing the fierce desire of disappointed novelists to make dramatic the lives of Benjamin Harrison or Betsey Ross—or their own. Julian Green spent his boyhood in the sweet felicity of the early part of the 20th Century, almost before the invention of war. An American in Paris, he grew up as a young Frenchman, thinking of the Gauls as his ancestors, and speaking English with a strange accent. The accent remains. The true, quiet colors he uses to describe the early part of his life and all of his observations are inevitably Gallic, even when he is describing an American household in France, or the University of Virginia. There

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