Murray, Natalia Danesi. Janet Flanner and Natalia Danesi Murray papers. 1940-1984

Birth 1940
Death 1984

Biographical notes:

Biographical Note

Janet Flanner

  • 1892, Mar. 13: Born, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • 1912 - 1913 : Student, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1917: Drama editor, Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • 1918: New York, N.Y. New York City Chelsea New York Moved to New York, N.Y. Married William Lane Rehm (divorced, 1926)
  • 1921 - 1922 : Greece Hellenic Republic Crete Crete Concrete Sewage Treatment Plant Crete Crete City Park Richard W Creteau Regional Technology Center Crete-Monee Middle School Cretas Crete Berean Church Crete Area Medical Center Sea of Crete Crete Mine Crete Southrock Concrete Corporation Crete Ankara Concrete Coulee Copper Country Concrete Company Concrete Mine Crete United Methodist Church Gretel Creek Crete di Palasecca City of Crete Concrete Town Hall Concrete Bank Turkey Republic of Turkey Italy Repubblica Italiana Austria Republic of Austria Germany Federal Republic of Germany Toured Greece, Crete, Turkey, Italy, Austria, and Germany with Solita Solano, who was on assignments from National Geographic magazine
  • 1922: Settled in Paris, France, among the American expatriates on the Left Bank
  • 1925: Published first "Letter from Paris" in The New Yorker (Oct. 10) under the pen name Genêt
  • 1925 - 1977 : Contribed to The New Yorker and numerous other periodicals
  • 1926: Published The Cubical City (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 426 pp.)
  • 1940: New York New York Paris Paris Morehouse Parish Courthouse Winn Parish Medical Center Paris Elementary School Tensas Parish North Paris Federated Church Petit Paris KPLT-AM (Paris) Jackson Parish Adult Education Center River Parish Hospital Heliport Ibis Paris Berthier Porte de Clichy Bureau de Poste de Paris Roquette Saint Martin Parish Police Jury Saint Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Paris Basin Bureau de Poste de Paris Porte De La Chapelle Parish Governing Authority District 11 Plaquemines Parish General Hospital (historical) East Paris Medical Center Metro Catholic Parish School Saint James Parish Sheriff's Office - Records Paris Calcasieu Parish Ward 1 Fire Protection District 1 Moved to New York after the German army captured Paris Published An American in Paris: Profile of an Interlude Between Two Wars (New York: Simon and Schuster. 53 pp.)
  • 1940 - 1944 : Resided with Natalia Danesi Murray, New York, N.Y.
  • 1944: Paris, France Paris Les Paris Paris Returned to Paris, France, and resumed work as foreign correspondent Published Pétain: The Old Man of France (New York: Simon and Schuster. 53 pp.)
  • 1947: Decorated, Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor for locating stolen French art in Germany
  • 1957: Published Men and Monuments (New York: Harper. 297 pp.)
  • 1958: Honorary Litt.D., Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
  • 1965: Published Paris Journal: 1944-1965 (New York: Atheneum. 615 pp.), edited by William Shawn
  • 1966: National Book Award for Paris Journal
  • 1971: Published Paris Journal: Volume II, 1965-1971 (New York: Atheneum. 438 pp.), edited by William Shawn
  • 1972: Published Paris Was Yesterday (New York: Viking Press. 232 pp.), edited by Irving Drutman
  • 1972: Elevated to the rank of Grande Maître in the French Legion of Honor, the highest civilian honor
  • 1975: New York, N.Y. New York City Chelsea New York Moved to New York, N.Y., to live with Natalia Danesi Murray Published last "Letter from Paris" in The New Yorker (Sept. 29) Published London Was Yesterday, 1934-1939 (New York: Viking Press. 232 pp.), edited by Irving Drutman
  • 1978, Nov. 7: Died, New York, N.Y.

Natalia Danesi Murray

  • 1901, Dec. 14: Born, Rome, Italy
  • 1924: Immigrated to the United States; married William B. Murray (d. 1949), American music critic and agent (divorced, circa 1935)
  • 1938 - 1944 : Wrote, directed, produced, and announced a radio program of news and interviews broadcast to Italy for NBC
  • 1940 - 1944 : Resided with Janet Flanner, New York, N.Y.
  • 1944: Director, press bureau, Office of War Information, Rome, Italy
  • 1945: Head, Special Projects Division, United States Information Service, Rome, Italy
  • 1946: Freelance correspondent, Italy
  • 1951: Moved to New York, N.Y., to head the American office of the Italian publisher Arnoldo Mondadori of Milan
  • 1966: Appointed vice president, Rizzoli Editore Corp., New York, N.Y.
  • 1972: Decorated, Order of Cavaliere al Merito by the Italian Republic
  • 1979: Arranged for the publication of Janet Flanner's World: Uncollected Writings, 1932-1975 (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. 368 pp.), edited by Irving Drutman
  • 1985: Edited, with commentary, Darlinghissima: Letters to a Friend, by Janet Flanner (New York: Random House. 508 pp.)
  • 1994: Died, San Diego, Calif.

From the guide to the Janet Flanner and Natalia Danesi Murray Papers, 1940-1984, (bulk 1944-1975), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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