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

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Broadway Books, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 470 pages
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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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Everyone was so young

User Review  - Linda W. - Overstock.com

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

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User Review  - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing

I am trying to wrap my brain around just how special Sara and Gerald Murphy's reputation was between post World War I and pre World War II. Just the who's who name dropping when describing their inner ... Read full review

Contents

My father of course had wanted boys
8
Geralds besetting sin is inattention
18
New clothes new friends and lots of parties
27
Thinking how nice you are
39
I must ask you endless questions
50
A relationship that so lets loose the imagination
61
Dont lets ever separate again
73
The idea is thrilling to me
86
The geodetic points of our lost topography
230
We try to be like what you want us to be
250
2O Life itself has stepped in now
266
Not on the same course nor for the same port
281
Ones very Life seems at stake
307
Isnt it strange how life goes on?
321
Back there where they were
336
Only half a person without you
352

An entirely new orbit
98
1O Aprince and a princess 11C
121
were attracted
167
The invented part for me is what has meaning
217
Authors Note and Acknowledgments
365
How can a wise man have two countries? 186
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Selected Bibliography
443
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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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