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Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis by Alice Kaplan
Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis

Irma Wolfson, January 1, 2013

Three accomplished young women from three different decades are portrayed through the lens of their experiences in France in their formative collegiate or post-collegiate years. Alice Kaplan sketches the social, political, intellectual, and personal backgrounds that led Jacqueline Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis to make prolonged stays in France (mostly, but not exclusively Paris), and then extends her portrayals through the remainder of their active lives, tracing the influence of their French experiences as they matured. Kaplan, who wrote her own memoir of life in France, handles both her biographical material and the French material with confidence, making it easy for the reader who may be familiar with the outlines of each woman's life to understand the French milieu in which these women found themselves at the cusp of their adulthood.
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