Americans and the Making of the Riviera

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Led by Cole Porter in the 1920s, Americans demonstrated that the best season to visit the French Riviera was not the winter, as had been the practice, but the summer. With this shift, Americans became the dominant shapers of tourism on the Riviera in the 20th century, yet the American achievement in revolutionizing the economy of the South of France is largely unsung.

This insightful history details the American influence on the Riviera and the contributions of several ...

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Overview

Led by Cole Porter in the 1920s, Americans demonstrated that the best season to visit the French Riviera was not the winter, as had been the practice, but the summer. With this shift, Americans became the dominant shapers of tourism on the Riviera in the 20th century, yet the American achievement in revolutionizing the economy of the South of France is largely unsung.

This insightful history details the American influence on the Riviera and the contributions of several individuals. It pays particular attention to such writers and artists as Edith Wharton, Gerald Murphy, Henry Clews, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, whose work drew energy from their stays in the Riviera and in turn helped to cement an idyllic image of the Riviera in the American popular consciousness.

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Editorial Reviews

The Riviera Reporter
fascinating...this is a plumcake of a book, full of tasty morsels
French News
a lively compendium of anecdotes
France Magazine
an entertaining book
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786431601
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/13/2007
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Michael Nelson, formerly general manager of Reuters, lives in London. His website may be viewed at michaelnelsonbooks.com.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Preface     1
Introduction     3
Thomas Jefferson in the Land of Corn, Wine, Oil and Sunshine     9
The American Girls Were the Most Beautiful     22
James Gordon Bennett Jr., Princess Alice and Isadora Duncan     32
Edith Wharton at Hyeres     53
Cole Porter and the Revolution of the Summer Season     69
Hotel du Cap     78
Villa America     103
Tender Is the Night     126
Clews, Tucks, Goulds, GIs and Baldwin     139
Films, Jazz and Mansions     161
Epilogue: Sophia-Antipolis     182
Riviera Streets and Squares Named After American People and Places     185
Chronology     187
Chapter Notes     189
Bibliography     205
Index     213
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