Biography and History

Noël Riley Fitch was born on December 24, 1937, in New Haven, Connecticut, and educated at Northwest Nazarene College (B.A. 1959) and Washington State University (M.A. 1965 and Ph.D. 1969). She was a professor of literature from 1971 to1987, and chair of the department of literature and modern languages from 1982 to 1985 at Point Loma College. Currently Fitch lectures at both the University of Southern California and the American University of Paris. She has written several biographies of influential women and is a frequent contributor of articles to journals and periodicals. Most of Fitch's writings reflect her fascination with American expatriate writers in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s, and include the following: Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties(1983), Literary Cafés of Paris(1989), Walks in Hemingway's Paris: A Guide for the Literary Traveler(1990), and Anaïs: The Erotic Life of Anaïs Nin(1993). Her most recent work is Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child(1997).

Source: From the finding aid for C0841

  • Noël Riley Fitch Papers. 1858-2012 (inclusive), 1965-1995 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0841

    Consists of the writings, correspondence, interviews, printed works, and other additional papers of the American educator and author Noël Riley Fitch (1937- ). Also included are a selection of Sylvia Beach papers that Fitch consulted for her book Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties (1983).