Everybody Was So Young

Everybody Was So Young

Gerald and Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love Story

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"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: 9780395652411
0395652413
Branch Call Number: 759.13 M978v
Characteristics: viii, 470 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 06, 2016

What interesting and complex lives this couple. Born in the late 1800's, married and living in Europe during the 1920's when it seemed as if the days would always remain rose-hued, and then faced with their own mortality and that of their relatives and friends, but through it all maintaining their sense of beauty and compassion and generosity. His art is still absolutely enthralling.

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pattyskypants
Apr 18, 2014

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.

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Baf_creative
Jun 14, 2013

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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