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René Prud'hommeaux writes of himself: "In an effort to become a one-infant League of Nations, I was born in Alexandria when Egypt was a British Protectorate, of a French father and a German mother. Then, until I was seven, I lived in the foothills of the Alps near Grenoble, where there was a cow to whom I was deeply devoted. When we moved to America I was only comforted for the loss of that friend by the assurance that there were cows here, too. And so there are, though somehow I never got to know any of them socially.
"Since Mother was a teacher of languages, I attended school wherever she had a job- New York, New Jersey and Connecticut- and later graduated from the University of North Carolina. My Army career as a sergeant was spent mostly in Brazil, at the mouth of the Amazon and the edge of the jungle. A very short post-war interlude in New York convinced me that a one-family hermitage was what I wanted- and that took us to Fire Island and afterwards farther north to Mark Island."