When Paris sizzled The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and their friends

Mary Sperling McAuliffe, 1943-

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"With rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe portrays Paris during the fabulous 1920s, when art and architecture, music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and behavior all took dramatically new forms"--Provided by publisher.

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Genres
Biographies
Published
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield [2016]
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 329 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781442253322
1442253320
Main Author
Mary Sperling McAuliffe, 1943- (author)
  • Map of Paris, 1918-1929
  • Out of darkness (1918)
  • Going forward (1918-1919)
  • Versailles and victory (1919)
  • Making way for the new (1919-1920)
  • Les années folles (1920)
  • Weddings, breakups, and other affairs (1921)
  • The lost generation (1922)
  • A death in Paris (1923)
  • Americans in Paris (1924)
  • You've come a long way from St. Louis (1925)
  • All that jazz (1926)
  • Sophisticated lady (1927)
  • Cocktails, Darling? (1928)
  • The bubble bursts (1929).
Review by Booklist Reviews

What do James Joyce, Marie Curie, Sylvia Beach, Igor Stravinsky, and Man Ray have in common? Along with those named in the title, they are among the cast of characters McAuliffe (Twilight of the Belle Époque, 2014 ) portrays in her tour of Les années folles, the Golden Twenties in the City of Light. She transports us to Montparnasse, populated by artists, writers, musicians, tourists, and an assortment of larger-than-life personalities whose "spirit . . . flowed on a river of coffee, alcohol, and chat." Beginning with the end of WWI, McAuliffe carefully chronicles each year of that dynamic decade that saw change on so many fronts, including fashion, art, music, literature, and social behavior. She weaves together an array of stories of well-known as well as some lesser-known individuals to create a vibrant tapestry shot through with color, chaos, and creativity. Graced with period photographs and bolstered with an impressive selection of sources, When Paris Sizzled will captivate anyone who has wondered just what the Lost Generation was up to. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Choice Reviews

McAuliffe repeats the tried and true formula she used in Dawn of the Belle Époque (CH, Jan'12, 49-2911) and Twilight of the Belle Époque (CH, Sep'14, 52-0489) to chronicle her beloved Paris in the "Roaring '20s," or "les années folles"—the "crazy years." She skillfully details the lives, loves, and artistic triumphs and disasters of the spectacular collection of artists, scientists, engineers, and politicians whose lives seemed to center on and blossom in the French capital. All the "usual suspects" are here—from Josephine Baker to Hemingway to Cocteau and Chanel. This splendid volume provides a year-by-year account of a city bursting with artistic and practical endeavor. Basing her book on a thorough mining of the era's printed primary sources and research in the period's best histories, the author depicts a city whose magnetism created the artistic community centered around Montparnasse, which became the cultural capital of Western civilization; the brilliance of the "City of Light" glowing all the more starkly against a gradually darkening domestic and international scene. Bottom line: the volume will appeal to a wide variety of readers—from lovers of Paris to graduate students in the arts, literature, and history. An indispensable acquisition. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries.--G. P. Cox, Gordon State CollegeGary P. CoxGordon State College Gary P. Cox Choice Reviews 54:08 April 2017 Copyright 2017 American Library Association.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

McAuliffe follows Dawn of the Belle Epoque with another breezy, brisk, well-researched work about Paris, this time focusing on the dazzling figures populating the once-denigrated Paris neighborhood of Montparnasse at its mesmerizing peak. "The Lost Generation" of expat writers and artists helped transform Montparnasse into a culturally rich, tumultuous community where the luminous and daring Josephine Baker danced, Gertrude Stein kvetched about James Joyce, and the taxi horns provided inspiration for George Gershwin. Not surprisingly, the area's notoriety only grew with the proliferation of the expats and artists' casual and often rash affairs, drug use (especially Jean Cocteau's opium addiction), and other self-indulgent behaviors aided by reckless spending. Weaving in key advancements in cultural production (music, architecture, theater, film) and technological evolution in the automobile industry, McAuliffe smartly keeps her eye on political events in Paris as well as in central Europe, especially the increasing popularity of far-right movements and Charles de Gaulle's rise in the French military. McAuliffe recreates a lush, gorgeous world filled with talented, yet immensely flawed innovators who experienced les années folles ("the crazy years") as a rare escape into creativity, glamor, and respite from the sobering reality of a world prone to devastating wars. Illus.(Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2016 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Portrays the "City of Light" during the fabulous 1920s, when art and architecture, music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation and behavior all took dramatically new forms.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, when art and architecture, music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation and behavior all took dramatically new forms. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, Mary McAuliffe brings this vibrant era to life.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"With rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe portrays Paris during the fabulous 1920s, when art and architecture, music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and behavior all took dramatically new forms"--Provided by publisher.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them—one in which art and architecture, music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and behavior all took dramatically new forms.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them—one in which art and architecture, music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and behavior all took dramatically new forms.