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Geniuses Together

Humphrey Carpenter

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ISBN
9780571309412
Date Published
19.12.2013
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Summary

In Humphrey Carpenter’s own words, ‘This is the story of the longest-ever literary party, which went on in Montparnasse, on the Left Bank, throughout the 1920s.’

‘This book’, to continue to quote Carpenter himself, ‘is chiefly a collage of Left-Bank expatriate life as it was experienced by the Hemingway generation – “The Lost Generation”, as Gertrude Stein named it in a famous remark to Hemingway.’

There are brief portraits of Gertrude Stein, Natalie Clifford Barney and Sylvia Beach, who moved to Paris before the First World War and provided vital introductions for the exiles of the 1920s. The main narrative, however, concerns the years 1921 to 1928 because these saw the arrival and departure of Hemingway and most of his Paris associates.

‘He is a compelling guide, catching the kind of idiosyncratic detail or incident that holds the readers’ attention and maintains a cracking pace. Anyone wanting an introduction to the constellation of talent that made the Left Bank in Paris during the Twenties a second Greenwich Village would find this a useful and inspiring book.’ Times Educational Supplement

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Humphrey Carpenter was born and educated in Oxford, and attended the Dragon School and Keble College. He was a well-known biographer and children’s writer, and worked previously as a producer at the BBC. He wrote biographies of J. R. R. Tolkien, W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Ezra Pound, C. S. Lewis and Dennis Potter. Among his many books for children…

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