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Everybody Was So Young

Gerald and Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love Story
Vaill, Amanda (Book - 1998 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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A dazzling biography for readers of The Great Gatsby and other Lost Generation authors Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were icons of the most enchanting period of our time; handsome, talented, and wealthy expatriate Americans, they were at the very center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s. In Everybody Was So Young Amanda Vaill brilliantly portrays both the times in which the Murphys lived and the fascinating friends who flocked around them. Whether summering with Picasso on the French Riviera or watching bullfights with Hemingway in Pamplona, Gerald and Sara inspired kindred creative spirits like Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald even modeled his main characters in Tender is the Night after the couple. Their story is both glittering and tragic, and in this sweeping and richly anecdotal portrait of a marriage and an era, Amanda Vaill "has brought them to life as never before" ( Chicago Tribune ).
Authors: Vaill, Amanda
Title: Everybody was so young
Gerald and Sara Murphy, a lost generation love story
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998
Characteristics: viii, 470 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Amanda Vaill
ISBN: 0767903706
9780767903707
0395652413
Branch Call Number: 759.13 M978v 1998
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Murphy, Gerald, 1888-1964 Murphy, Sara Painters United States Biography Painters' spouses United States Biography Expatriate painters France Biography
Topical Term: Painters
Painters' spouses
Expatriate painters
LCCN: 97049149
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Gerald and Sara Murphy were at the very center of expatriate cultural and social life during the modernist ferment of the 1920s. This account of the Murphys and their friends follows them through the whole arc of their glittering and sometimes tragic lives.


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Apr 18, 2014
  • pattyskypants rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent writing and research, making these complex people so human and humble. They were enablers of so many creative icons, some of whom were not so grateful.

Jun 14, 2013
  • Baf_creative rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put this book down, it transcends you into the lives of high profile creatives living in Europe and America in the 20s, 30s and 40s.

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