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Geniuses Together American Writers In Paris In The 1920s
Interweaving social history with anecdotes from the writings of Pound, Fitzgerald, Anderson, Hemingway and others, Carpenter presents a collective biography of the Lost Generation of American writers of the 1920s in Paris. 16-page photo insert.
(first published January 1st 1988)
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Humphrey Carpenter has made a career of writing biographies of twentieth century icons - Pound, Auden, Tolkien, and Britten to name a few. He also has chronicled some of the groups of authors that formed friendships either in a certain place or time. No group is more famous than "the lost generation" as Gertrude Stein named them. Carpenter centers his narrative on the rise of Ernest Hemingway and contrasts Papa's rigorous work habits with the hedonistic abandon of most of his Paris ...more
Though highly speculative at times, an easy and comprehensive guide of The Lost Generation and the authors who dwelled in Paris in the 1920s. Not the most academic source, but easy to read and very inclusive.
This book is a good time! Nothing new here, the stories are old and familiar to many. However, they're told in such an enjoyable fashion---a combination of chatty gossip, obscure historical detail, and lit crit---that it's a pleasure to visit this legendary era once again.
Carter brings to life the "Lost Generation" of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, McAlmon and Boyle, Pound and Joyce, who frequented Montparnasse in the 1920s, and places their contribution into the broader themes of American literature. He has done a very impressive job of bringing together the many and varied accounts of the period, as well as a fascinating analysis of the evolution of the book that captured that scene for later generations and which, according to Carter, signaled the end of the era, ...more
Amazing stuff. So many great anecdotes on the gang of expats and others in the Montparnasse of the 1920's. Title stolen from McAlmon and Boyle, but everything else meticulously researched and so well written. The man is a giant in literary biography.
Humphrey William Bouverie Carpenter was an English biographer, writer, and radio broadcaster.More about Humphrey Carpenter...