In this enchanting memoir, New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins recreates 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 Leger as well ...Read MoreIn this enchanting memoir, New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins recreates 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 Leger 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 paintings - canvases that predate Pop Art by forty years. This Modern Library edition includes Calvin Tomkins's new introduction and a rewritten last chapter.Read Less
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This slim volume details the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy. Better known as the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is The Night. The Murphys are also the family behind the luxury brand Mark Cross. Please read this book and I promise you that you too will fall in love with this golden couple of the roaring twenties. These are not spoiled rich dillettantes, the simple elegance in how the Murphys lived their lives ... and the joy they bring to all those around them - even to those reading of their tale many decades later will be infectious.
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