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Matty” Matthiessen, Russell Cheney

F.O. “Matty” Matthiessen, and Russell Cheney, Normandy, summer 1925

Russell Cheney (October 16, 1881 – July 12, 1945) shown on the left was an accomplished painter and Francis Otto Matthiessen (February 19, 1902 – April 1, 1950) shown on the right was an educator, scholar and influential literary critic. Matthiessen was twenty years Russell’s junior but the two met in 1924 and remained a couple until Cheney’s death in 1945.

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