10 Facts About Aline Bernstein


Aline Bernstein was an American set designer and costume designer.

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Aline Bernstein was the lover, patron, and muse of novelist Thomas Wolfe.

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Aline Bernstein's was born in 1880 in New York City, the daughter of Rebecca and Joseph Frankau, an actor.

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Joseph was a cousin of London cigar importer Arthur Frankau and thus, by marriage, of novelist and art historian Frank Danby, whom Aline Bernstein recalled visiting as a child when Joseph Frankau was performing in London.

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Between 1916 and 1951, Aline Bernstein would do set design, costuming, or both for 51 productions.

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Aline Bernstein was a theater set and costume designer for the Neighborhood Playhouse on the Lower East Side, volunteering her work to make her name.

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Aline Bernstein's was personal friends with Alfred and Blanche Knopf.

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Aline Bernstein met Thomas Wolfe in 1925 aboard the RMS Olympic when Wolfe was 25 and Aline Bernstein 44.

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Aline Bernstein became Wolfe's lover and provided Wolfe with emotional, domestic, and financial support while he wrote his first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, which he dedicated to Aline Bernstein.

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Aline Bernstein, in turn, centered her autobiographical novel The Journey Down around her affair with Wolfe.

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