Collector of lost luggage
He was big on trunks. He had dozens of them and, over the course of his life, often described their contents in detail. In World War I, the inventory included an overcoat and raincoat, ‘soft buckskin driving gloves’, ‘Cordova leather aviators puttees’ and plenty of other garments. In 1920s Paris it was his manuscripts, which he often misplaced – and sometimes managed to find later, such as that of A Moveable Feast, which slumbered for twenty-six years in a trunk he’d forgotten at the Ritz.