Living Well is the Best Revenge

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Modern Library, 1971 - Biography & Autobiography - 172 pages
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In this enchanting memoir, New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins re-creates the privileged world of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two American originals who found themselves at the center of a charmed circle of artists and expatriate writers in France in the 1920s. Their home in Antibes, Villa America, served as a gathering place for Picasso and Léger as well as Hemingway and Fitzgerald, who used the glamorous couple as models for Dick and Nicole Diver in
Tender Is the Night. A bestseller when it first appeared in 1971, Living Well Is the Best Revenge features sixty-nine intimate photographs collected from the Murphys' family album, along with reproductions
of several of Gerald Murphy's remarkable paintings--canvases that predate Pop Art by forty years.
        "Living Well Is the Best Revenge is
a superb little study, alive with an elegance very much the Murphys'," said Nancy Mitford. Critic Russell Lynes found the book to be "at once a sharp and charming evocation of an era and a cast, mostly delightful, surely famous, and usually talented, written with an elegant balance between tongue in cheek and sympathy."
        This Modern Library edition includes Calvin Tomkins's new Introduction and a rewritten last chapter.

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

What is it about Sara and Gerald Murphy? Was it their personalities that made them so attractive? Or was it just the era they were living in at the time? This was back in the day when people gave ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alphawoman - LibraryThing

Delightful quick read. So much of recent novel villa America skeleton of story from these memoirs. Skimed the chapter regarding his surviving artwork. Much kinder to Fitzgerald than the novel but still portrayed as a jerk. His alcohol consumption glossed over. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
23
Section 3
51
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About the author (1971)

Calvin Tomkins is an author and art critic for the "New Yorker "who wrote the magazine 's Art World column between 1980 and 1988. He has interviewed and written numerous profiles on major twentieth century figures from the art world, including Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. He lives in New York City.

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