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by Richard N. Billings,William M. Donnelly,Honoria Murphy Donnelly

A very personal memoir by the daughter of the fabulous couple who made living well the best revenge, author Honoria Murphy's childhood was the stuff of grown-up fantasy. 'Earnest Hemingway taught her to ski and to clean fish and not to wear high heels while bowling. Dorothy Parker showed her how to tipple tequila and lime. Picasso provided art criticism....Cole Porter added the music and F. Scott Fitzgerald the magic. She was the only daughter of Sara and Gerald Murphy, the golden American who, between the wars, created the emigre artists' paradise in the south of France. Their sunny charm, elegant good looks, and trend-setting brilliance, which made them Beautiful People before the term was coined, was chronicled in the bestselling 'Living Well is the Best Revenge.'But there was another aspect to the Murphy's story, shadowing their gilded days with spirit-crushing loss. In this remarkable reminiscence, Honoria Murphy Donnelly includes her parents' sad as well as happy times, the intimate dramas as well as celebrity-studded anecdotes, in a deeply touching portrait of a family both very special and very human. From the lush lawns of East Hampton, New York, to the sun-struck Riviera beaches to the echoing corridors of exclusive Swiss sanitoriums, the legend of Sara and Gerald is funny, harrowing, memorable...but it is finally a story of love and courage, the triumph of a couple who won the hearts of a generation and, now, through their daughter, wins ours.
Download Sara and Gerald: Villa America and After epub
ISBN: 0030698316
ISBN13: 978-0030698316
Category: Biographies
Author: Richard N. Billings,William M. Donnelly,Honoria Murphy Donnelly
Language: English
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart and Winston; 1st edition (May 1, 1984)
Pages: 254 pages
ePUB size: 1974 kb
FB2 size: 1616 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 945
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A well-researched biography of the Murphys, before and after the Paris years with Hemingway and Fitzgerald, from the perspective of their daughter, Honoria, but apparently written largely by Richard N. Billings, who is perhaps best known for his earlier book, The Plot to Kill the President. The Murphys' aesthetic lifestyle deeply influenced and contributed to Fitzgerald's writing and their kindness to Hemingway is well-documented. The book contains a very useful Chronology of Events. It glosses over some crucial aspects of the marriage, especially Gerald's homosexuality and marital stress after the death of their son, Patrick, which must be gleaned from other sources. The book should be read in conjunction with other biographies, especially Making It New (Deborah Rothschild) which provides many more photographs and a scholarly context for Gerald Murphy's art and Everybody Was So Young (Amanda Vaill) which provides a context for the years in Paris of the so-called "Lost Generation." An essential source for those interested in this fascinating couple and their many illustrious friends.
I purchased this book after I read about the Murphy's in the Biography of Cole Porter. It is an amazing story about an amazing American Couple. They lived quite a life and most of the details are in this book. If you are interested in wealth, art, the expatriates to France in the early part of the 20th century like the Murphy's, the Hemingway's, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, Cole and Linda Porter and many others, this book will describe all of it in incredible and thought provoking detail. It is an excellent read. It is an excellent book. It is quite absorbing. It arrived very quickly and it was in very good condition. I am very pleased with the Seller.
This book cronicles the lives of Sara and Gerald Murphy through their daughter, Honoria. I found their lives fascinating, and coming from Honoria felt the most accuracy of all of the books I have read on their lives. There are some nice pictures which help by putting a face to the characters in the biography. If you are not familiar with the Murphy's, they are expats from the early 1920's who became friends with the early artists and writers of that era. This book also puts some insight into the lives of Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, dos Passos and the many friends the Murphy's helped through the years. A great read, especially if you are interested in the early 1900s.
This biography of Sara and Gerald Murphy was written with the contributions of Honoria, their only surviving child. It complements another, more recent, biography as it includes details from Honoria's childhood. Sara and Gerald were at the center of the Paris intellectual scene in the 1920s and early 1930s. They were friends with every serious artist and writer and Gerald has recently been acknowledged as a serious painter in his own right. Both of Honoria's brothers died as teenagers, a terrible blow to her parents. They continued on with life and Honoria was able to present them with grandchildren. This is a lovely book and tells a wondrous tale of an artistic life that we will never know. She had a magical childhood as the children were always at the center of their parents' lives.
fascinating couple
Just as described, like new. Loved this book!!
About the best book ever written about this family and their friends like Picasso, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, etc. Hard to find and worth it - Fortunately I have a first edition - bought this one for a friend.
Everything I expected and more!