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Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love…

by Amanda Vaill

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This book sparked a "Lost Generation" reading jag. Started with Fitzgerald, led to Dos Passos, Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. Wonderful story about an artistic couple with the wealth to explore their eccentricities. I thought it was slated to become a movie, but haven't seen any progress. ( )
  stacykurko | Oct 29, 2015 |
This is one of the best biographies I have read. Besides being well researched, it is elegantly and engagingly written. Heartbreaking at times, and at others enlightening. An example of its enlightening quality, who would have thought that Ernest Hemingway would have been such a devoted friend to Sara and Gerald Murphy's dying child. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
This is one of the best biographies I have read. Besides being well researched, it is elegantly and engagingly written. Heartbreaking at times, and at others enlightening. An example of its enlightening quality, who would have thought that Ernest Hemingway would have been such a devoted friend to Sara and Gerald Murphy's dying child. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
This is one of the best biographies I have read. Besides being well researched, it is elegantly and engagingly written. Heartbreaking at times, and at others enlightening. An example of its enlightening quality, who would have thought that Ernest Hemingway would have been such a devoted friend to Sara and Gerald Murphy's dying child. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
a great story. not much detail at the end. a very good title. ( )
  mahallett | Apr 19, 2015 |
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Sara Sherman Wiborg Murphy was a figure of myth long before the Fitzgeralds and the Hemingways and MacLeishes met her in France. 
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Gerald and Sara Murphy were the golden couple of the Lost Generation. Born to wealth and privilege, they fled the stuffy confines of upper-class America to reinvent themselves in France as legendary party givers and enthusiastic participants in the modernist revolution of the 1920s. He became an important painter; she made everyday life a work of art. Their friends F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and John Dos Passos all based fictional characters on the Murphys; Picasso painted them; and Calvin Tomkins rekindled their glamour for a younger generation in his affectionate 1971 portrait, Living Well Is the Best Revenge. Amanda Vaill's vivid new biography builds on Tomkins's work to provide a full-length account of the Murphys' remarkable life together.

As well as good times, that life included suffering endured with great courage. The Murphys' teenage sons died within two years of each other in the mid-1930s--one suddenly, one after a long battle with tuberculosis--and the Depression forced Gerald to resume the uncongenial work of managing his family's business. Vaill's sensitive rendering reveals the moral substance that enabled this stylish couple to survive heartbreak. But it's her marvelous evocation of those magical expatriate years that lingers in the memory. The wit and imaginative panache with which the Murphys lived sparkles again, recapturing a splendid historical moment. As Sara later said, "It was like a great fair, and everybody was so young." --Wendy Smith

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