Everybody Was So Young Gerald and Sara Murphy - A Lost Generation Love Story

ISBN-10: 0767903706

ISBN-13: 9780767903707

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: Amanda Vaill

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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--one of the best reviewed books of 1995--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 (Nicole and Dick Diver in Tender is the Night were modeled after the Murphys). 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).
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 4/20/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Amanda Vaill is a writer and critic whose articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and magazines such as Esquire and GQ. Vaill's first book, published in 1998, was a biography of an American couple who were part of the Paris "Lost Generation" in the 1920s. In Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love Story, Vaill focuses mainly on those years in France, when the Murphys were at the center of a artistic circle that included Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Fitzgerald used the Murphys as models for the characters Nicole and Dick Driver in Tender is the Night.) Amanda Vaill lives in New York. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was an executive editor at the Viking Penguin publishing house.

Prologue: Antibes, May 28, 1926
"My father, of course, had wanted boys"
"Gerald's besetting sin is inattention"
"New clothes, new friends, and lots of parties"
"Thinking how nice you are"
"I must ask you endless questions"
"A relationship that so lets loose the imagination!"
"Don't let's ever separate again"
"The idea is thrilling to me"
"An entirely new orbit"
"A prince and a princess"
"There is American elegance"
"Very serious over trivialities and rather wise about art and life"
"Our real home"
"The kind of man to whom men, women, children, and dogs were attracted"
"How can a wise man have two countries?"
"A dismantled house where people have once been gay"
"The invented part, for me, is what has meaning"
"The geodetic points of our lost topography"
"We try to be like what you want us to be"
"Life itself has stepped in now"
"Not on the same course, nor for the same port"
"Enough to make the angels weep"
"One's very Life seems at stake"
"Isn't it strange how life goes on?"
"Back there where they were"
"Only half a person without you"
Author's Note and Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
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