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Lucie Elven

Lucie Elven is working on a book about a saintly pharmacist.

Alfred Hayes’s Hollywood

Lucie Elven, 18 July 2019

‘Dark, Dantean​, witty’, Alfred Hayes saw himself as personifying ‘a new sort of “young generation”, the lyric poet of the New York working class, of the strike front, the writer of sketches that bite into the memory’. Born in London in 1911 to a Jewish family that emigrated to the US when he was three, Hayes left school in 1929, the year of the Crash....

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