Everybody was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story

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Broadway Books, 1999 - 470 pages

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).

 

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A wonderful non fiction book on artististic anerican expatriates who flocked to Paris during the exciting 1920s. A must read for Francophiles artists and those interested in good read! Read full review

Contents

Antibes May 28 1926
1
My father of course had wanted boys
7
Geralds besetting sin is inattention
18
New clothes new friends and lots of parties
27
Thinking how nice you are
38
I must ask you endless questions
54
A relationship that so lets loose the imagination
61
Dont lets ever separate again
82
A dismantled house where people have once been gay
202
The invented part for me is what has meaning
226
The geodetic points of our lost topography
230
We try to be like what you want us to be
250
Life itself has stepped in now
266
Not on the same course nor for the same port
281
Enough to make the angels weep
293
Ones very Life seems at stake
307

The idea is thrilling to me
86
An entirely new orbit
98
A prince and a princess
110
There is American elegance
121
Very serious over trivialities and rather wise about art and life
135
Our real home
150
The kind of man to whom men women children and dogs were attracted
167
How can a wise man have two countries?
186
Isnt it strange how life goes on?
321
Back there where they were
336
Only half a person without you
352
Authors Note and Acknowledgments
365
Notes
371
Selected Bibliography
443
Index
450
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About the author (1999)

Amanda Vaill is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in numerous national publications. This is her first book. She lives in New York City.

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