France between the wars saw a dynamic mix of larger-than-life personalities and unconventional ideas, audacity and genius, elegance and edge. Artists, musicians, writers, dancers, composers, the American, French, and other European characters who comprised the Lost Generation were all there: Hemingway, Dos Passos, Dorothy Parker, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Stravinsky, Picasso, Cocteau, Man Ray, Liger, Balanchine, Diaghilev, Fitzgerald. This riveting portrait re-creates the glamour, excitement, and intellectual fervor of Jazz Age France, drawing on fresh, never-before-seen material. A special feature is a chapter on the little-known generation of African-American artists who left Harlem to work in France. Writing in a vivid style that transports the reader back to that vibrant time, Charles Riley presents a panorama of the arts scene in Paris and the Riviera in the 1920s, providing fascinating insights based on letters, diaries, journals, and private archives as well as art. Highlights include never-published paintings by Picasso and Liger; previously unknown works by e. e. cummings and John Dos Passos; and intimate photographs of the era from family albums belonging to this circle of friends, who were among the world's great artists and writers.
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