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    (March 13, 1892-November 7, 1978)
    Born in Indianapolis, Indiana
    Paris correspondent for 'The New Yorker' (1925-75)
    Wrote the novel 'The Cubical City' (1926)
    She married a former college classmate who had moved to New York City solely to get out of Indiana.
    She was a chain smoker.
    Gertrude Stein said she was 'as ugly as the buffalo side of an Indian head nickel.'
    Her columns were published under the pen name 'Genêt,' reportedly because 'New Yorker' founder Harold Ross thought it was the French version of 'Janet.' (It ain't.)
    She and fellow journalist Solita Solano lived together for over 50 years.
    She was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor for locating stolen French art in Germany (1947).
    Her sophisticated and witty writing came to epitomize the 'New Yorker style.'
    An example of her style, from a profile of Isadora Duncan: 'The clergy, hearing of (though supposedly without ever seeing) her bare calf, denounced it as violently as if it had been golden.'
    'New Yorker' editor William Shawn called her 'a poet among journalists.'

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