Paris on the Brink: The 1930s Paris of Jean Renoir, Salvador Dalí, Simone de Beauvoir, André Gide, Sylvia Beach, Léon Blum, and Their Friends

Paris on the Brink: The 1930s Paris of Jean Renoir, Salvador Dalí, Simone de Beauvoir, André Gide, Sylvia Beach, Léon Blum, and Their Friends

by Mary McAuliffe

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Overview

Paris on the Brink vividly portrays the City of Light during the tumultuous 1930s, from the Wall Street Crash of 1929 to war and German Occupation. This was a dangerous and turbulent decade, during which workers flexed their economic muscle and their opponents struck back with increasing violence. As the divide between haves and have-nots widened, so did the political split between left and right, with animosities exploding into brutal clashes, intensified by the paramilitary leagues of the extreme right. Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini escalated the increasingly hazardous international environment, while the civil war in Spain added to the instability of the times.
Yet throughout the decade, Paris remained at the center of cultural creativity. Major figures on the Paris scene, such as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, André Gide, Marie Curie, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, and Coco Chanel, continued to hold sway, in addition to Josephine Baker, Sylvia Beach, James Joyce, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier. Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre could now be seen at their favorite cafés, while Jean Renoir, Salvador Dalí, and Elsa Schiaparelli came to prominence, along with France’s first Socialist prime minister, Léon Blum.
Despite the decade’s creativity and glamour, it remained a difficult and dangerous time, and Parisians responded with growing nativism and anti-Semitism, while relying on their Maginot Line to protect them from external harm. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, Mary McAuliffe brings this extraordinary era to life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538112380
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/13/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 882,163
File size: 17 MB
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About the Author

Mary McAuliffe holds a PhD in history from the University of Maryland, has taught at several universities, and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution, the Barnes Foundation, and the Frick Pittsburgh. She travels extensively in France, and for many years she was a regular contributor to Paris Notes. Her books include Clash of Crowns, Dawn of the Belle Epoque, Twilight of the Belle Epoque, When Paris Sizzled, and Paris, City of Dreams. She lives in New York City with her husband.
Mary McAuliffe received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Maryland and has taught at several universities and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution. For many years she was a regular contributor to Paris Notes. She has traveled extensively in France and is the author of Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends. She lives in New York City with her husband.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Map of Paris
Chapter 1 End of an Era (1929)
Chapter 2 Rags and Riches (1929)
Chapter 3 It Could Never Happen Here (1930)
Chapter 4 The Ooh La La Factor (1930)
Chapter 5 Navigating a Dangerous World (1931–1932)
Chapter 6 Taking Sides (1933)
Chapter 7 Bloody Tuesday (1934)
Chapter 8 Sailing, Sailing (1935)
Chapter 9 Coming Apart (1936)
Chapter 10 War in Spain (1936)
Chapter 11 End of the Dream (1937)
Chapter 12 In War’s Shadow (1938)
Chapter 13 Dancing on a Volcano (1939)
Chapter 14 Closing the Circle (1940)
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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