Bright Young People: The Lost Generation of London's Jazz Age

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Macmillan, 2007 - History - 361 pages
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Before the media circus of Britney, Paris, and our modern obsession with celebrity, there were the Bright Young People, a voraciously pleasure-seeking band of bohemian party-givers and blue-blooded socialites who romped through the gossip columns of 1920s London. Evelyn Waugh immortalized their slang, their pranks, and their tragedies in his novels, and over the next half century, many—from Cecil Beaton to Nancy Mitford and John Betjeman—would become household names. But beneath the veneer of hedonism and practical jokes was a tormented generation, brought up in the shadow of war. Sparkling talent was too often brought low by alcoholism and addiction. Drawing on the virtuosic and often wrenching writings of the Bright Young People themselves, the biographer and novelist D. J. Taylor has produced an enthralling account of an age of fleeting brilliance.
 

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I thoroughly enjoyed this moving and informative account of the 1920s British band of pleasure-seeking bohemians and blue blooded socialites that comprised the "Bright Young People". D.J. Taylor's ... Read full review

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Bright Young People is the story of a particular group of young people who lived in London in the 1920s and ‘30s. Born at around the turn of the century, they were well connected and, for the most ... Read full review

Contents

Dionysius in Mayfair
3
Figures in a Landscape
15
The Society Racket
40
Young Men on the Make London 192428
60
Parents and Children
93
The Revolt into Style
117
Partygoing 1929
139
Success and Failure Two Portraits
166
Celebrity Culture
209
Gay Young People
230
After the Dance 193139
252
Projections
282
Gone to Report 1940 and After
307
Darling Eddie Love B
325
Notes and Further Reading
329
Index
347

Decline and Fall 193031
187

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D. J. Taylor is a literary critic and the author of two acclaimed biographies—Thackeray and Orwell: The Life, which won the Whitbread biography prize in 2003—and six novels, including Kept: A Victorian Mystery. He lives in Norwich, England.

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