When Paris Sizzled

When Paris Sizzled

The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends

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When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Ann es folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them--one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior. The epicenter of all this creativity, as well as of the era's good times, was Montparnasse, where impoverished artists and writers found colleagues and caf s, and tourists discovered the Paris of their dreams. Major figures on the Paris scene--such as Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Proust--continued to hold sway, while others now came to prominence--including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter, and Josephine Baker, as well as Andr Citro n, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, and the irrepressible Kiki of Montparnasse. Paris of the 1920s unquestionably sizzled. Yet rather than being a decade of unmitigated bliss, les Ann es folles also saw an undercurrent of despair as well as the rise of ruthless organizations of the extreme right, aimed at annihilating whatever threatened tradition and order--a struggle that would escalate in the years ahead. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, Mary McAuliffe brings this vibrant era to life.
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland :, Rowman & Littlefield,, 2016, ©2016.
ISBN: 9781442253322
Branch Call Number: 944. 3610815 MCA
Characteristics: xii, 329 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm

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Apr 08, 2017

I have read so much about this era, but this book was quite informative! Very entertaining . . . artists as real people, not icons.

Nicr Nov 25, 2016

Deftly juggles several story lines (those listed in the subtitle and many more) to tell the tale of "Les Annees Folles"--Paris between the wars--when an extraordinary conversion of talent in art, architecture, literature, film, music, dance and fashion combined with increasingly dangerous politics to create a dazzling, heady mix.

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