Nation: The Latest American Exodus

HENRY JAMES, the celebrated literary expatriate of the 19th century, once described America as "a great unendowed, unfurnished, unentertained and unentertaining continent." Paris in the 1920s was mecca for a whole gallery of artistic emigres whom Gertrude Stein labeled the Lost Generation; Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Pound and Cummings led a luminous lot. Now there is a new kind of American expatriate abroad in the world, drawn from the whole spectrum of U.S. society. Collectively, they lack the glamour of their famous predecessors, and their personal motives are different: the expatriates of the 1920s left...

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