Twilight of the Belle epoque : the Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and their friends through the Great War /

by McAuliffe, Mary Sperling.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]Description: xii, 417 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781442221635 :; 1442221631.Title notes: $29.95 7-2014 (db)Subject(s): Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | Intellectuals -- France -- Paris -- Biography | Paris (France) -- History -- 1870-1940 | Paris (France) -- Social conditions -- 20th century | Social change -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century | Social conflict -- France -- Paris -- History -- 20th century | World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- France -- Paris
Contents:
Enter the king (1900) -- Bohemia on the Seine (1900) -- Death of a queen (1901) -- Dreams and reality (1902) -- Arrivals and departures (1903) -- Alliances and misalliances (1904) -- Wild beasts (1905) -- La Valse (1906) -- Winds of change (1907) -- Unfinished business (1908) -- Idyll (1909) -- Deep waters (1910) -- Between heaven and hell (1911) -- Dancing on the edge (1912) -- Fireworks (1913) -- "Dear France, dear country" (1914) -- "This war which never ends" (1914-1915) -- "Ils ne passeront pas" (1916) -- Dark days (1917) -- Finale (1918).
Summary: Mary McAuliffe's Dawn of the Belle Epoque took the reader from the multiple disasters of 1870-1871 through the extraordinary re-emergence of Paris as the cultural center of the Western world. Now, in Twilight of the Belle Epoque, McAuliffe portrays Paris in full flower at the turn of the twentieth century, where creative dynamos such as Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Proust, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, and Isadora Duncan set their respective circles on fire with a barrage of revolutionary visions and discoveries. Such dramatic breakthroughs were not limited to the arts or sciences, as innovators and entrepreneurs such as Louis Renault, Andre Citroen, Paul Poiret, Francois Coty, and so many others -- including those magnificent men and women in their flying machines -- emphatically demonstrated. But all was not well in this world, remembered in hindsight as a golden age, and wrenching struggles between Church and state as well as between haves and have-nots shadowed these years, underscored by the ever-more-ominous drumbeat of the approaching Great War -- a cataclysm that would test the mettle of the City of Light, even as it brutally brought the Belle Epoque to its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this remarkable era from 1900 through World War I to vibrant life.
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Mary McAuliffe's Dawn of the Belle Epoque took the reader from the multiple disasters of 1870-1871 through the extraordinary re-emergence of Paris as the cultural center of the Western world. Now, in Twilight of the Belle Epoque, McAuliffe portrays Paris in full flower at the turn of the twentieth century, where creative dynamos such as Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Proust, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, and Isadora Duncan set their respective circles on fire with a barrage of revolutionary visions and discoveries. Such dramatic breakthroughs were not limited to the arts or sciences, as innovators and entrepreneurs such as Louis Renault, Andr Citro n, Paul Poiret, Fran ois Coty, and so many others--including those magnificent men and women in their flying machines--emphatically demonstrated. But all was not well in this world, remembered in hindsight as a golden age, and wrenching struggles between Church and state as well as between haves and have-nots shadowed these years, underscored by the ever-more-ominous drumbeat of the approaching Great War--a cataclysm that would test the mettle of the City of Light, even as it brutally brought the Belle Epoque to its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this remarkable era from 1900 through World War I to vibrant life.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Enter the king (1900) -- Bohemia on the Seine (1900) -- Death of a queen (1901) -- Dreams and reality (1902) -- Arrivals and departures (1903) -- Alliances and misalliances (1904) -- Wild beasts (1905) -- La Valse (1906) -- Winds of change (1907) -- Unfinished business (1908) -- Idyll (1909) -- Deep waters (1910) -- Between heaven and hell (1911) -- Dancing on the edge (1912) -- Fireworks (1913) -- "Dear France, dear country" (1914) -- "This war which never ends" (1914-1915) -- "Ils ne passeront pas" (1916) -- Dark days (1917) -- Finale (1918).

Mary McAuliffe's Dawn of the Belle Epoque took the reader from the multiple disasters of 1870-1871 through the extraordinary re-emergence of Paris as the cultural center of the Western world. Now, in Twilight of the Belle Epoque, McAuliffe portrays Paris in full flower at the turn of the twentieth century, where creative dynamos such as Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Proust, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, and Isadora Duncan set their respective circles on fire with a barrage of revolutionary visions and discoveries. Such dramatic breakthroughs were not limited to the arts or sciences, as innovators and entrepreneurs such as Louis Renault, Andre Citroen, Paul Poiret, Francois Coty, and so many others -- including those magnificent men and women in their flying machines -- emphatically demonstrated. But all was not well in this world, remembered in hindsight as a golden age, and wrenching struggles between Church and state as well as between haves and have-nots shadowed these years, underscored by the ever-more-ominous drumbeat of the approaching Great War -- a cataclysm that would test the mettle of the City of Light, even as it brutally brought the Belle Epoque to its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this remarkable era from 1900 through World War I to vibrant life.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Illustrations (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  • Map (p. xiii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Chapter 1 Enter the King (1900) (p. 5)
  • Chapter 2 Bohemia on the Seine (1900) (p. 21)
  • Chapter 3 Death of a Queen (1901) (p. 39)
  • Chapter 4 Dreams and Reality (1902) (p. 57)
  • Chapter 5 Arrivals and Departures (1903) (p. 73)
  • Chapter 6 Alliances and Misalliances (1904) (p. 85)
  • Chapter 7 Wild Beasts (1905) (p. 103)
  • Chapter 8 la Valse (1906) (p. 119)
  • Chapter 9 Winds of Change (1907) (p. 137)
  • Chapter 10 Unfinished Business (1908) (p. 155)
  • Chapter 11 Idyll (1909) (p. 175)
  • Chapter 12 Deep Waters (1910) (p. 195)
  • Chapter 13 Between Heaven and Hell (1911) (p. 209)
  • Chapter 14 Dancing on the Edge (1912) (p. 229)
  • Chapter 15 Fireworks (1913) (p. 247)
  • Chapter 16 "Dear France, dear country" (1914) (p. 267)
  • Chapter 17 "This war which never ends" (1914-1915) (p. 285)
  • Chapter 18 "Ils ne passeront pas" (1916) (p. 303)
  • Chapter 19 Dark Days (1917) (p. 321)
  • Chapter 20 Finale (1918) (p. 335)
  • Notes (p. 351)
  • Bibliography (p. 391)
  • Index (p. 401)
  • About the Author (p. 417)

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Library Journal Review

McAuliffe follows up her Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends with this book taking readers forward a few decades. It's actually not so much a history of a time as a collection of biographies-over 30 of them-of early 20th-century French inventors, politicians, and artists. The author divides the book by year, with each chapter relating significant events in the life of the main subjects during that one year. Unfortunately, because the subjects did not necessarily know one another, or share any interests, each biographical segment is disconnected from the portions before and after it. Because 50 to 100 pages can separate the portions about a particular person, the reader may find it a challenge to keep track of any particular subject's life and will need to resort to the index. Nonetheless, McAuliffe has an eye for the evocative, using quotes-and salacious details-to bring these early 20th-century men and women to life, several of whom-Rodin, Zola, the Curies-were covered in her previous book (she orients readers in case they did not read that volume). The author excels at including material about women throughout. VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoyed the previous volume and for biography junkies.-Jessica Spears, Monroe Coll. Lib., Bronx, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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