Noel Riley Fitch

Noël Riley Fitch is the only exclusively authorized biographer of Julia Child and an award-winning biographer and historian of expatriate intellectuals in Paris during the first half of the 1900s.

She is a full-time writer, lectures widely, and has taught a professional writing course at the University of Southern California (during the regular academic year), at Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego State University, and a summer literature course at the American University in Paris.

In addition to being frequently interviewed on radio and television, she has appeared in several documentary films, including Berenice Abbott: A View of the Twentieth Century (1992) and the A&E biography of Julia Child first shown October 14, 1997, which is based on Fitch’s authorized Biography of Julia Child, Appetite for Life.

Fitch earned a Ph.D. in literature from Washington State University and has taught in Washington, Massachusetts, and California. She has edited a book entitled Faith and Imagination with Richard Etulain and published scholarly and journalistic articles in numerous periodicals and publications including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Gastronomica, International Herald Tribune, and Michigan Quarterly Review.

Fitch is currently working on a biography of Louison O’Murphy, mistress of Louis XV and model for Francois Boucher.

Books in order of publication:

  • Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties. (1983)
  • Faith and Imagination: Essays on Evangelicals and Literature (Edited with Richard W. Etulain, 1985)
  • Hemingway in Paris: Parisian Walks for the Literary Traveller (1989)
  • Literary Cafés of Paris (1989)
  • Walks in Hemingway’s Paris (1990)
  • Anaïs: the Erotic Life of Anaïs Nin (1993)
  • Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child (1997)
  • Literary Cafés of Paris (Second edition, 2005)
  • The Grand Literary Cafés of Europe (2006)
  • Paris Café: Sélect Crowd (2007)
  • The Letters of Sylvia Beach (preface, 2009)
  • Sylvia Beach: Une américaine à Paris (2011)
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