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The Life and Death of a Spanish Town

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Title:The Life and Death of a Spanish Town
Paul, Elliot   
(2 of 2 for author by title)
The Last Time I Saw Paris
Published:   1937
Publisher:Random House, Inc.
Tags:fiction, historical, Spain, Spanish Civil War

The book is set in and around the small town of Santa Eulària des Riu on Ibiza, where the author had lived since 1931. In the first part Elliot Paul describes the town and many of the characters who live and work there. He details their family lives, their hopes, their aspirations, and their politics. He provides details of the people at work and at play, and describes how he becomes part of the community of the town. Part two starts with Paul and his family returning to Ibiza, after some time away. The narrative is set in 1936 in the week leading up to the outbreak of hostilities on Ibiza during the Spanish Civil War and describes the events that eventually lead to Paul, his family and others fleeing the island. It tells the story of civil disobedience, collaboration and the violence that split a once-happy community, although the narrative finishes before the tragic turn of events reaches its conclusion. The postscript details events following his departure from Ibiza.—Wikipedia. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Paul, Elliot

Novelist and journalist Elliot Harold Paul was born on February 10, 1891 in Malden, Massachusetts. In 1917, he joined the army and went to France during World War I. On his return, he became a journalist. His first novel about his experiences Indelible came out in 1922. Paul was a great believer in marriage, getting married and divorced five times in his life. At the end of his first marriage in 1925, he moved to Paris and the American literary community in Montparnasse. He worked as a journalist on the international editions of American newspapers and at transition, an experimental literary journal. He was friends of both James Joyce and Gertrude Stern. In 1931, after a few more novels, he had a nervous breakdown and disappeared off the Paris scene to Santa Eulària des Riu, on Ibiza, the location of his Life and Death of a Spanish Town (1937). In 1936, with the arrival of the Spanish Civil War there, he fled with his family back to Paris and began his Homer Evans series of detective novels. Following the end of anther marriage and the start of the next, and oh yes, the outbreak of the Second World War, he moved to Los Angeles and became a screenwriter, supplementing his income playing piano in area clubs. Given his Parisian background, it is not surprising that he had little use for the industry’s moralizing Hays Act strictures which he satirized in his 1942 With a Hays Nonny Nonny, where he took stories from the Bible and revised them to conform with the Act. It was also in 1942 that he produced perhaps his finest work The Last Time I Saw Paris about a Paris street, its people, and the author’s life there between the Two Wars. Like his Life and Death of a Spanish Town, Paul celebrates ordinary life until war and politics change everything. After another war and another marriage, Elliot Paul died on April 7, 1958 at the Veterans' Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.

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