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.
Everybody Was So Young
"A wonderfully bittersweet and beautifully written biography of that glittering couple whose tragic glamor inspired, amazed, and perplexed so many of the artistic giants of the lost generation". -- Deirdre Bair"There was a shine to life wherever they were", said Archibald MacLeish describing his friends Gerald and Sara Murphy. The real-life models for Nicole and Dick Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night, the Murphys have appeared in virtually every book about the Lost Generation, for their apartment in Paris and their Mediterranean Villa America were the center of social and artistic life for the likes of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Stravinsky, John Dos Passos, Jean Cocteau, Cole Porter, and others. Gerald Murphy, the organizer of magical parties, was a brilliant painter whose work is currently undergoing a serious revival. Sara Murphy, an heiress who wore her pearls to the beach, was an enigmatic beauty whose allure enthralled Picasso (he painted her many times) aswell as Fitzgerald and Hemingway.They seemed to live an enchanted life, until 1929 when tragedy struck them in what Gerald called "our most vulnerable spot, our children". The story of their struggle to hold their charmed circle together through the dark years of the thirties and forties is as moving as the account of their creative lives is sparkling.Everybody Was So Young is both a portrait of two extraordinary people and a biography of a glamorous era that can ne

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998
ISBN: 0395652413
Branch Call Number: 759.13 M978v 1998
Characteristics: viii, 470 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Gerald and Sara Murphy took in those glittering people around them as dear friends and offered them stability.

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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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