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Among many art, music and literature lovers, particularly devotees of modernism, the expatriate community in France during the Jazz Age represents a remarkable convergence of genius in one place and period—one of the most glorious in history. Drawn by the presence of such avant-garde figures as Joyce and Picasso, artists and writers fled the Prohibition in the United States and revolution in Russia to head for the free-wheeling scene in Paris, where they made contact with rivals, collaborators, and a sophisticated audience of collectors and patrons. The outpouring of boundary-pushing novels, paintings, ballets, music, and design was so profuse that it belies the brevity of the era (1918–1929).
Drawing on unpublished albums, drawings, paintings, and manuscripts, Charles A. Riley offers a fresh examination of both canonic and overlooked writers and artists and their works, by revealing them in conversation with one another. He illuminates social interconnections and artistic collaborations among the most famous—Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Gershwin, Diaghilev, and Picasso—and goes a step further, setting their work alongside that of African Americans such as Sidney Bechet, Archibald Motley Jr., and Langston Hughes, and women such as Gertrude Stein and Nancy Cunard. Riley’s biographical and interpretive celebration of the many masterpieces of this remarkable group shows how the creative community of postwar Paris supported astounding experiments in content and form that still resonate today.
|Publisher:||University Press of New England|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
CHARLES A. RILEY II, a curator, critic, and professor of English, is the author of more than twenty books on the arts, as well as hundreds of features, news articles, exhibition catalogue essays, and reviews published in national and international magazines.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Freedom: Anything Goes 15
1 Enter the Ballets Russes 33
2 One of Those Fabulous Flights Cole Porter 45
3 Stairway to Paradise George Gershwin 51
4 Inevitable Paris Beckoned John Dos Passes and e. e. cummings 57
5 Dancing on Dynamite Nancy Cunard 62
6 From Flappers to Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald 71
7 New Amazements Hart Crane 83
8 Weary Bluesman Langston Hughes 93
9 Making It in the Paris Art World 100
Part 2 Order: Blessed Rage 111
10 Existential Octaves Ernest Ansermet 113
11 Geometry and Gods, Side by Side Le Corbusier 119
12 Connoisseur of Contrasts Fernand Léger 132
13 Transfigurations of the Commonplace Gerald Murphy 140
14 Prophet of Disorder Oswald Spengler 161
Part 3 Truth: The Truest Sentence 165
15 The Truth in Painting Pablo Picasso 174
16 Words in a Strange Language Archibald MacLeish 194
17 The Malady of Language Eugene Jolas 213
18 The Real Thing Ernest Hemingway 221
What People are Saying About This
“Riley’s book presents a great romp through one of the richest periods of artistic creation ever: Paris, 1918 to 1929. Newcomers and seasoned culture lovers alike will be treated to a fresh, full discussion of the artists, writers and musicians of the period and their dazzling paintings, writings and compositions.”