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Book Title: Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy, a Lost Generation Love Story|
The author of the book: Amanda Vaill
Edition: Houghton Mifflin
Date of issue: December 31st 1998
ISBN 13: 9780395652411
Format files: PDF
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Handsome, gifted, wealthy Americans with homes in Paris and on the French Riviera, Gerald and Sara Murphy were at the very center of expatriate cultural and social life during the modernist ferment of the 1920s. Gerald Murphy - witty, urbane, and elusive - was a giver of magical parties and an acclaimed painter. Sara Murphy, an enigmatic beauty who wore her pearls to the beach, enthralled and inspired Pablo Picasso (he painted her both clothed and nude), Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The models for Nicole and Dick Diver in Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night, the Murphys also counted among their friends John Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker, Fernand Leger, Archibald MacLeish, Cole Porter, and a host of others. Yet none of the artists who used the Murphys for their models fully captured the real story of their lives: their Edith Wharton childhoods, their unexpected youthful romance, their ten-year secret courtship, their complex and enduring marriage - and the tragedy that struck them, when the world they had created seemed most perfect, in what Gerald called "our most vulnerable spot, our children." Amanda Vaill's account of the Murphys and their friends follows them through the whole arc of their glittering and sometimes tragic lives - the first such account to do so. Drawing on a hitherto untapped wealth of family diaries, photographs, letters and other papers, as well as on archival research and interviews on two continents. Vail has documented the pivotal role of the Murphys in the interplay of cultures that gave rise to the Lost Generation. She explores for the first time the sexual undercurrents that ran beneath Gerald's and Sara's relationships with Picasso, Hemingway, andFitzgerald and affected the work of all three men. Most important, she evokes both Murphys, and the geniuses who had the good fortune to be their friends, with a clarity and tenderness that makes them virtually step off the page.
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Read information about the authorAMANDA VAILL is currently at work on a biography of the Schuyler sisters, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler Church; and she's editing a volume of the letters, journals, and other writings of the choreographer-director Jerome Robbins for his centenary in 2018. She is the author of Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War; Somewhere: The Life of Jerome Robbins; and the bestselling Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy – A Lost Generation Love Story, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in biography. She is also co-author of Seaman Schepps: A Century of New York Jewelry Design, an illustrated study of the work of her designer grandfather, and has edited or contributed to a number of other books in the field of arts and culture. Her screenplay for the feature-length PBS documentary Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming, and the film won an Emmy, a CINE Golden Eagle, and the George Foster Peabody Award.
Before becoming a full-time writer Ms. Vaill worked in book publishing, most recently as Executive Editor of Viking Penguin, where her authors included Iris Murdoch, Ingmar Bergman, T.C. Boyle, and Angela Carter. Her journalism and criticism have appeared in such publications as The American Scholar, Architectural Digest, ArtNews, Ballet Review, Esquire, New York Magazine, Town & Country, and The Washington Post. She lives in New York City, and is currently at work on a biography of the Schuyler sisters, Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler Church.