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

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Publisher Comments:

A revelatory life of Clover Adams, casting a lens on her iconic marriage to the historian Henry Adams and her fatal embrace of photography in her final months

Clover, an inquisitive, loving, fiercely intelligent Boston Brahmin, married at twenty-eight the older and soon-to- be-eminent Henry Adams. She thrived in her role as an intimate to political insiders in Gilded Age Washington, where she was valued for her wit and taste by such artistic luminaries as Henry James and H. H. Richardson. Clover so clearly possessed, as one friend wrote, andldquo;all she wanted, all this world could give.andrdquo;

And yet at the center of her story is a haunting mystery. Why did Clover, having embarked on an exhilarating self-taught course of photography in the spring of 1883, end her life less than three years later by drinking from a vial of potassium cyanide, a chemical she used in developing her own photographs? The answer is revealed through Natalie Dykstraandrsquo;s original and dramatic discoveries regarding the thirteen-year Adams marriage.

The denouement of Cloverandrsquo;s death is equally compelling. Dykstra illuminates Cloverandrsquo;s enduring stature as a woman betrayed. And, most movingly, she untangles the complex and poignant truth of her shining and impossible marriage.

Synopsis:

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).

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767903707
Other:
Vaill, Amanda
Other:
Murphy, Sara
Author:
Vaill, Amanda
Author:
Dykstra, Natalie
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Rich & Famous
Subject:
Painters
Subject:
Murphy, gerald, 1888-1964
Subject:
Expatriate painters
Subject:
Painters' spouses
Subject:
Painters -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
Murphy, Gerald
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
biography;1920s;paris;history;non-fiction;france;art;gerald murphy;lost generation;expats;f. scott fitzgerald;hemingway;ernest hemingway;artists;fitzgerald;social history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
RB-9029
Publication Date:
19990431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w halftone
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 9.99 lb

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Product details 512 pages Broadway Books - English 9780767903707 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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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