Biography from: The Sorrows of Travel (jacket)
John Breon was born and grew up in Rockford, Illinois. He served in World War II in the Infantry and while in France met Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, who encouraged him in his writing career. This resulted in his staying on in Paris as a student for a year after he left the army. A few days before Miss Stein's death he returned to America and entered Beloit College. After his graduation in 1949 he immediately left again for Europe, spending the next two years studying at the Sorbonne and at the University of Florence. He began work on The Sorows of Travel in Italy and finished it in Paris. Of himself he writes: "I like cheap clothes, ordinary wine, William Maxwell's novels, all paintings by Rembrandt, most early Italian painters, a few people, and above all things the City of Florence. The novel is all I have cared about for three years, and all I care about now is the next one."
Examples of Archives Holdings:
- Letters on The Sorrows of Travel
- Original manuscripts