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"I have asked the village blacksmith to forge golden chains to tie our ankles together. I have gathered all the gay ribbons in the world to wind around and around and around and around and around and around again around our two waists." -- Harry Crosby
Harry Crosby (June 4, 1898 — December 10, 1929) was an American heir, a bon vivant, poet, publisher, and for some, epitomized the Lost Generation in American literature. He was the son of one of the richest banking families in New England and the nephew of Jane Norton Grew, the wife of financier J. P. Morgan, Jr.. As such, he was heir to a portion of a substantial family fortune. He was a volunteer in the American Field Service during World War I, and later served in the U.S. Ambulance Corps. He narrowly escaped with his life.

Profoundly affected by his experience in World War I, Crosby vowed to live life on his own terms and abandoned all pretense of living the expected life of a privileged Bostonian. He had his father's eye for women, and in 1920 met Mrs. Richard Peabody (née Mary Phelps Jacob), six years his senior. They had sex within two weeks, and their open affair was the source of scandal and gossip among blue-blood Boston.

Mary (or Polly as she was called) divorced her alcoholic husband and to her family's dismay married Crosby. Two days later they left for Europe, where they devoted themselves to art and poetry. Both enjoyed a decadent lifestyle, drinking, smoking opium regularly, traveling frequently, and having an open marriage. Crosby maintained a coterie of young ladies that he frequently bedded, and wrote and published poetry that dwelled on the symbolism of the sun and explored themes of death and suicide.

Crosby's life in Paris was at the crossroads of early 20th century Paris literary and cultural life. He numbered among his friends some of the most famous individuals of the early 20th century, including Salvador Dali, Ernest Hemingway, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. In 1927 Polly took the name Caresse, and she and Harry founded the Black Sun Press. It was the first to publish works by a number of struggling authors who later became famous, including James Joyce, Kay Boyle, Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, D. H. Lawrence, Rene Crevel, T. S. Eliot, and Ezra Pound. Crosby died scandalously at age 31 as part of a murder—suicide or suicide pact.

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Total Books: 15
Ladders to the Sun Poems by Harry Crosby
2010 - Ladders to the Sun Poems By Harry Crosby (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780955955341
ISBN-10: 0955955343
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Portrait of Paloma
2001 - Portrait of Paloma (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780916251567
ISBN-10: 091625156X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Wing and a Prayer The Bloody 100th Bomb Group of the Us Eighth Air Force in Action over Europe in World War II
The Cave Paintings of Baja California Discovering the Great Murals of an Unknown People
1998 - The Cave Paintings of Baja California Discovering the Great Murals of an Unknown People [Sunbelt Natural History Books] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780932653239
ISBN-10: 0932653235
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Engineering & Transportation
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Antigua California Mission and Colony on the Peninsula Frontier 1697-1768
1994 - Antigua California Mission and Colony on the Peninsula Frontier 1697-1768 [University of Arizona Southwest Center Book] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780826314956
ISBN-10: 0826314953
Genres: History, Nonfiction, Christian Books & Bibles
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Shadows of the sun The diaries of Harry Crosby
1977 - Shadows of the Sun the Diaries of Harry Crosby (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780876853047
ISBN-10: 0876853041
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Shadows of the Sun The Diaries of Harry Crosby
1976 - Shadows of the Sun the Diaries of Harry Crosby (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780876853030
ISBN-10: 0876853033
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The King's Highway in Baja California An adventure into the history and lore of a forgotten region
Last of the Californios
Last of the Californios (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780913938232
ISBN-10: 0913938238
Genre: History
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The cave paintings of Baja California
The Cave Paintings of Baja California (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780913938270
ISBN-10: 0913938270
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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