Irwin and Marian (conceived in Antibes, Adam is in her belly) returning to New York in 1949.
In a letter written five years earlier, between D-Day and the liberation of Paris, Irwin had promised to show her France “without the Germans.” The Shaws would sail back across the Atlantic two years later, and stay much longer than the one planned summer.
The Paris Review issue of Irwin’s interview with George Plimpton. Peter Matthiessen in chequered trunks next to Harry Kurnitz on the beach in Biarritz (summer of 1952) with Irving Lazar, (all three standing) and Marian (sitting) holding Adam. At the time, Irwin didn’t know that the Paris Review was […]
Irwin at work in one of many different rented apartments in Paris. (Rue du Boccador, Villa Madrid, Rue Boileau, Rue de la Pompe, Square Lamartine, Rue du Bois de Boulogne, Rue de Grenelle). In the 50’s and early 60’s the dollar was as good as gold, and living in Europe was emminently affordable, even for a writer.
“My landlady unexpectedly told […]
“Break a leg…” Jean Seberg and Irwin encourage Martin Gable as he is about to go on stage.
The New York Herald Tribune called CHILDREN FROM THEIR GAMES “Appropriate and pleasantly lunatic,”but it flopped fast and hard despite Brenda Vaccaro’s husky charm and Gene Hackman’s Broadway début. Irwin retreated to Paris and Klosters […]
“I have said much of Irwin’s ebulience…There was a melancholy streak in him too, as readers of his novels and short stories know.
He was basically a serious and thoughtful man, but the enthusiastic boy inside the man was irrepressible.
Adam Shaw has suggested to me that a great part of his father’s tremendous capacity for enjoyment […]
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