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.
When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Années folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them—one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz. Mary McAuliffe traces a decade that saw seismic change on almost every front, from art and architecture to music, literature, fashion, entertainment, transportation, and, most notably, behavior.
The epicenter of all this creativity, as well as of the era’s good times, was Montparnasse, where impoverished artists and writers found colleagues and cafés, and tourists discovered the Paris of their dreams. Major figures on the Paris scene—such as Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, Picasso, Stravinsky, Diaghilev, and Proust—continued to hold sway, while others now came to prominence—including Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Cole Porter, and Josephine Baker, as well as André Citroën, Le Corbusier, Man Ray, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, and the irrepressible Kiki of Montparnasse.
Paris of the 1920s unquestionably sizzled. Yet rather than being a decade of unmitigated bliss, les Années folles also saw an undercurrent of despair as well as the rise of ruthless organizations of the extreme right, aimed at annihilating whatever threatened tradition and order—a struggle that would escalate in the years ahead. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, Mary McAuliffe brings this vibrant era to life.
List of Illustrations
Map of Paris, 1918–1929
Chapter 1 Out of Darkness (1918)
Chapter 2 Going Forward (1918–1919)
Chapter 3 Versailles and Victory (1919)
Chapter 4 Making Way for the New (1919–1920)
Chapter 5 Les Années Folles (1920)
Chapter 6 Weddings, Break-ups, and Other Affairs (1921)
Chapter 7 The Lost Generation (1922)
Chapter 8 A Death in Paris (1923)
Chapter 9 Americans in Paris (1924)
Chapter 10 You’ve Come A Long Way From St. Louis (1925)
Chapter 11 All That Jazz (1926)
Chapter 12 Sophisticated Lady (1927)
Chapter 13 Cocktails, Darling? (1928)
Chapter 14 The Bubble Bursts (1929)
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