Everybody Was So Young

Everybody Was So Young

Gerald and Sara Murphy, A Lost Generation Love Story

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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 ).

Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, 1999.
Edition: First Broadway Books trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9780767903707
0767903706
Branch Call Number: 759.13 MURPH VAI
Characteristics: viii, 470 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Murphy, Sara
Murphy, Gerald 1888-1964.

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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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