Living Well Is the Best Revengeby Calvin Tomkins
In this enchanting memoir, New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins re-creates the privileged world of Gerald and Sara Murphy, two American originals who found themselves at the center of a charmed circle of artists and expatriate writers in France in the 1920s. Their home in Antibes, Villa America, served as a gathering place for Picasso and Léger as well as Hemingway and Fitzgerald, who used the glamorous couple as models for Dick and Nicole Diver in
Tender Is the Night. A bestseller when it first appeared in 1971, Living Well Is the Best Revenge features sixty-nine intimate photographs collected from the Murphys' family album, along with reproductions
of several of Gerald Murphy's remarkable paintingscanvases that predate Pop Art by forty years.
"Living Well Is the Best Revenge is
a superb little study, alive with an elegance very much the Murphys'," said Nancy Mitford. Critic Russell Lynes found the book to be "at once a sharp and charming evocation of an era and a cast, mostly delightful, surely famous, and usually talented, written with an elegant balance between tongue in cheek and sympathy."
This Modern Library edition includes Calvin Tomkins's new Introduction and a rewritten last chapter.
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I admit that I found out about “Living Well Is The Best Revenge” by Calvin Tomkins through a past Spirit & Destiny Magazine issue. Belinda Carlisle was being interviewed and recommended the book. I felt an intuitive urge to go by Carlisle’s suggestion because she projected a sharing vibe of balancing earthly concerns with her spiritual life. I must say that “Living Well Is The Best Revenge” is a candid book that mainly centers around an upper class couple by the name of Sara and Gerald Murphy. In keeping with the theme of the title, the couple lives a rich life in France, but they also find time to spend with their children and the friends they meet in their new place. I admit that I enjoyed the features on their European travels the most and the pictures that include their various colorful friends. The Murphys also endured tragedy in their lives as well. For instance, page 125 features the tragic saga of The Murphys losing both sons before they reached adulthood. “Living Well Is The Best Revenge” by Calvin Tomkins is best for those who are curious about the lives of wealthy families who resided in Europe prior to the 1950’s.