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Elliot Harold Paul attended the University of Maine, but left the university to work with his brother as a surveyor and timekeeper.
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Elliot Harold Paul was educated in the public schools of Malden and attended the University of Maine, but left the university to work with his brother as a surveyor and timekeeper.
Upon returning to Boston, Elliot Harold Paul worked for newspapers until 1917, when he enlisted in the 317th Field Signal Battalion. After serving in France, he was discharged as a sergeant.
Paul worked as secretary of the Massachusetts Soldiers' and Sailors' Commission in 1919 - 1921 and then returned to France, where he began to write and served as correspondent for the Associated Press in the Ruhr. In 1922, Paul published his first novel, Indelible, which was well received. He followed it with Impromptu (1923), Imperturbe (1924), and four other novels during that decade.
Paul was literary editor of the Paris edition of the Chicago Tribune in 1925 - 1926. He published the first serious assessment of Gertrude Stein's work, in the Tribune. In 1927 he was a founder and coeditor of transition, an international review, in the first issue of which were published an excerpt of James Joyce's Work in Progress (later retitled Finnegan's Wake) and the text of Stein's An Elucidation, a "meditation" on form, style, and grammar. In 1928 he left transition, and in 1930 he became literary editor of the Paris edition of the New York Herald.
In 1931 Paul went to live in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza, in the Balearic Islands, remaining there until 1936, when the town was attacked and nearly destroyed by the Nationalist forces in the Spanish Civil War. The experience resulted in his best-known book, The Life and Death of a Spanish Town (1937), which has been compared favorably with Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio.
After returning to New York, he published The Last Time I Saw Paris (1942), a moving book that treats his life on Rue de la Huchette as Spanish Town had treated Santa Eulalia. These two books became part of a series of works that Paul called "Items on the Grand Account." These include Linden on the Saugus Branch (1947), Ghost Town on the Yellowstone (1948), My Old Kentucky Home (1949), and Desperate Scenery (1950).
Ostensibly autobiographical, his books are largely concerned with people whom he knew and admired at various times and in various places. Like Sherwood Anderson's autobiography, though, they are unreliable for the biographer, as are the various accounts of his life that Paul furnished for standard reference sources. Like Anderson, he believed that facts must be filtered by the writer's imagination. Paul's prolific literary production was the result of his theory that writing must be spontaneous. He refused to "torture" sentences.
Among his works are the early impressionistic novels, a serious political novel, The Governor of Massachusetts (1930), and, after his return from Europe, a series of popular mystery novels, including The Mysterious Mickey Finn (1939), Hugger-Mugger in the Louvre (1940), The Death of Lord Haw-Haw, written under the pseudonym "Brett Rutledge" (1940), and Fracas in the Foothills (1940). Screenplays included A Woman's Face (1941), of which he was co-author, Our Russian Front (1942), a documentary, and Rhapsody in Blue (1946). Collaborations with Luis Quintanilla and other photographers resulted in All the Brave (1939), Paris (1947), and other books.
An accomplished musician who played the piano and the accordion, Paul organized an orchestra in Santa Eulalia and played several jazz concerts in the late 1930's. In 1940 he applied unsuccessfully for an appointment as a lighthouse keeper.
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A lifelong agnostic, Paul declared himself as such when he entered the Veterans Administration hospital at Providence, Rhode Island, in April 1958, suffering from heart disease and arteriosclerosis. A few days later he was received into the Greek Orthodox Church, explaining that he had always found it attractive.
Elliot Harold Paul was a large, unpredictable man of great energy.
Quotes from others about the person
Philip B. Eppard: "Paul fits the bohemian café society of Montparnasse perfectly. His love of good food and drink showed in his portly figure, and his love of women was legendary."
Elliot Harold Paul married Camille Nesbit Haynes in 1928. They had one son. His second wife was Flora Thompson Brown, whom he married in 1935. The third was Barbara Ellen Maycock, whom Paul married in 1945. He married the fourth, Nancy Dolan, in 1951. All of his marriages ended in divorce.