Left Bank: Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50

Art, Passion, and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50

Agnes Poirier

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An incandescent group portrait of the midcentury artists and thinkers whose lives, loves, collaborations, and passions were forged against the wartime destruction and postwar rebirth of Paris

In this fascinating tour of a celebrated city during one of its most trying, significant, and ultimately triumphant eras, Agnes Poirier unspools the stories of the poets, writers, painters, and philosophers whose lives collided to extraordinary effect between 1940 and 1950. She gives us the human drama behind some of the most celebrated works of the 20th century, from Richard Wright's Native Son, Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, and James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Saul Bellow's Augie March, along with the origin stories of now legendary movements, from Existentialism to the Theatre of the Absurd, New Journalism, bebop, and French feminism.

We follow Arthur Koestler and Norman Mailer as young men, peek inside Picasso's studio, and trail the twists of Camus's Sartre's, and Beauvoir's epic love stories. We witness the births and deaths of newspapers and literary journals and peer through keyholes to see the first kisses and last nights of many ill-advised bedfellows. At every turn, Poirier deftly hones in on the most compelling and colorful history, without undermining the crucial significance of the era. She brings to life the flawed, visionary Parisians who fell in love and out of it, who infuriated and inspired one another, all while reconfiguring the world's political, intellectual, and creative landscapes. With its balance of clear-eyed historical narrative and irresistible anecdotal charm, Left Bank transports readers to a Paris teeming with passion, drama, and life.

Agnès Poirier

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 320
Erscheinungsdatum 13.02.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-62779-024-6
Verlag Holt, Henry
Maße (L/B/H) 24,1/16,1/3,5 cm
Gewicht 540 g

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  • Chronology xiii
    Cast of Characters xv
    Map: Paris Left Bank xvi
    Introduction 1

    I. War Was My Master
    1. The Fall 9
    2. The Choice 23
    3. The Fight 46
    4. The Desire 73

    II. Modern Times
    5. A Philosophy of Existence 95
    6. Lust and Emancipation 116
    7. A Third Way 136

    III. The Ambiguities of Action
    8. How Not to Be a Communist? 157
    9. Love, Style, Drugs, and Loneliness 177
    10. Action and Dissidence 189
    11. "Paris's Gloom Is a Powerful Astringent" 213

    IV. Sharpening the Senses
    12. "They Owned Art While We Were Just Full of Dollars" 229
    13. Stimulating the Nerves 240
    14. Anger, Spite, and Failure 252
    15. Vindicated 266
    16. Farewells and a New Dawn 278

    Notes 293
    Acknowledgments 315
    Index 317