The Twilight Years by William Wiser
Paris in the 1930s

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For the artists and expatriates, the aristocrats and arrivistes, Paris in the 1930s lost none of its magical allure, as this lavishly illustrated chronicle of a fascinating decade in the city’s cultural history shows. At salons, galleries, palaces, and cafes, Henry Miller, Helena Rubinstein, Anais Nin, Coco Chanel, Salvador Dali, and Katherine Anne Porter joined illustrious exiles of the twenties like Gertrude Stein, Sylvia Beach, Pablo Picasso, Janet Flanner, and Man Ray. Jazz orchestrated the city nights, surrealism flourished, haute couture reinvented itself. James Joyce redefined modern literature with Finnegans Wake and at her Chez Josephine Baker redefined the derriere. In a lively narrative, which is accompanied by a superb selection of period photographs, the award-winning author William Wiser follows Elsa Schiaparelli, T. S. Eliot, Peggy Guggenheim, the Windsors, Collette, Jean Cocteau, and a host of other colorful celebrities and literary luminaries through the ten years that continued to foster the creative revolution of the expatriate era in Paris—an era that began extravagantly with Elsa Maxwell’s famous masquerade ball and ended with perhaps the grimmest event in modern French history: the fall of Paris and the Nazi occupation in 1940.
 

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William and Charlotte Wiser set up Indian Village Service, aWilliam and Charlotte Wiser set up Indian Village Service, a community oriented village development organization that be community oriented village development organization that became one of the key models used by the Indian government forcame one of the key models used by the Indian government for its Block Development Programs. Susan S. Wadley is Ford Max its Block Development Programs. Susan S. Wadley is Ford Maxwell Professor of south Asian Studies and Professor of Anthrwell Professor of south Asian Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Syracuse University. She is the author of "Struggopology at Syracuse University. She is the author of "Struggling with Destiny in Karimpur, 1925-1984" (California 1994).ling with Destiny in Karimpur, 1925-1984" (California 1994). David G. Mandelbaum is author of "Society in India" (Califo David G. Mandelbaum is author of "Society in India" (California, 1990). rnia, 1990).
 
Published November 30, 2000 by Carroll & Graf. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Delightful stories (such as the tepid meeting between Hemingway and Porter), and amusing character sketches (as when Dalí declares, “I swear to you that I am not coprophagic”) keep the narrative moving in entertaining and unexpected ways—as do lesser-known incidents detailed in such eye-raising c...

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Wiser, author of The Crazy Years: Paris in the Twenties, provides readers with Paris's next historical chapter in a wonderfully detailed, unflinching period description.

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