Modern Living: Today, It's Politics

At a table in the downstairs lounge, George Gershwin toiled for 16 hours a day over An American in Paris. Promptly at 10 a.m. every Sunday, Hemingway rumbled in to sip his customary tank of whisky sours. The Dolly Sisters made it a port of call, and so did Bill Tilden, Knute Rockne, Jimmy Walker, Lou Gehrig, Vincent Sheean, Jack Dempsey, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. To casual travelers, and more importantly to American expatriates in the '20s and early '30s, Harry's New York Bar in Paris was a singular institution—a home away from home,...

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