Paris in the Fifties

Author: Stanley Karnow
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
ISBN: 9780307761514
Release Date: 2011-08-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

In July 1947, fresh out of college and long before he would win the Pulitzer Prize and become known as one of America's finest historians, Stanley Karnow boarded a freighter bound for France, planning to stay for the summer. He stayed for ten years, first as a student and later as a correspondent for Time magazine. By the time he left, Karnow knew Paris so intimately that his French colleagues dubbed him "le plus parisien des Américains" --the most Parisian American. Now, Karnow returns to the France of his youth, perceptively and wittily illuminating a time and place like none other. Karnow came to France at a time when the French were striving to return to the life they had enjoyed before the devastation of World War II. Yet even during food shortages, political upheavals, and the struggle to come to terms with a world in which France was no longer the mighty power it had been, Paris remained a city of style, passion, and romance. Paris in the Fifties transports us to Latin Quarter cafés and basement jazz clubs, to unheated apartments and glorious ballrooms. We meet such prominent political figures as Charles de Gaulle and Pierre Mendès-France, as well as Communist hacks and the demagogic tax rebel Pierre Poujade. We get to know illustrious intellectuals, among them Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and André Malraux, and visit the glittering salons where aristocrats with exquisite manners mingled with trendy novelists, poets, critics, artists, composers, playwrights, and actors. We meet Christian Dior, who taught Karnow the secrets of haute couture, and Prince Curnonsky, France's leading gourmet, who taught the young reporter to appreciate the complexities of haute cuisine. Karnow takes us to marathon murder trials in musty courtrooms, accompanies a group of tipsy wine connoisseurs on a tour of the Beaujolais vineyards, and recalls the famous automobile race at Le Mans when a catastrophic accident killed more than eighty spectators. Back in Paris, Karnow hung out with visiting celebrities like Ernest Hemingway, Orson Welles, and Audrey Hepburn, and in Paris in the Fifties we meet them too. A veteran reporter and historian, Karnow has written a vivid and delightful history of a charmed decade in the greatest city in the world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Champagne and Real Pain

Author: Maggi Nolan
Publisher: Oakville, Ont. : Mosaic Press
ISBN: 0889626650
Release Date: 1998-01-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

More than 50 years after arriving in Paris, Maggi Nolan, former society columnist for the legendary Herald Tribune, has written a moving account of life in Paris in the fifties. She left America in 1946, and soon took on a new existence at the heart of high-end bohemia, rubbing elbows with the rich, the famous and the wonderfully original at Maxim's, the Ritz, and La Tour D'Argent. People like Maurice Chevalier, Olivia de Havilland, J. Paul Getty, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, Princess Grace of Monaco, Aly Khan, Ari Onassis, and many more! They were all there, and Maggi reveals them with surprising candor, splendor and untold tales, capturing the spirit of an age gone by. But beneath the glory, there was more. While sipping champagne with Yul Brynner, Darryl Zanuck, or the Duchess of Windsor, Maggi led a private battle. Harassed by a womanizing husband, Maggi struggled to keep the custody of her two daughters, at a time when the role of women in society was greatly confined by laws biased by tradition. The power of Maggi's story grows from the contrast between the glamour and the pain, held against the elegance and mythic quality of Paris' international community of stars, royalty, and celebrities.

Paris in the Fifties

Author: Sanford Roth
Publisher:
ISBN: 0916515435
Release Date: 1988
Genre: Photography

This collection gathers photographs of children, shop windows, street vendors, bicyclists, artists, circus performers, political protestors, cafes, and animals...

With Men For Pieces A Fab Fifties Fling In Paris

Author: Sophie Meredith
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781611606478
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: Fiction

It is the Fab Fifties, precursor to the Swinging Sixties. Our heroine, a newly-qualified teacher by day, a Soho Boho by night, sets off on the night ferry to France with the Coffee Bar Crowd for a weekend in Paris. Many moons later she is still in Paris, her life dramatically changed by a chance encounter on the rue du Faubourg-St-Honoré. She metamorphoses into a fashion model then a businesswoman, but her real ambition has always been to be an author. Thus her own story is interspersed with her writings as she, and they, develop and mature; pointing up her personal experiences, both blissful and tragic. The book is also an exploration of Friendship in its many and varied forms.

Paris fifties

Author: Georges Dambier
Publisher:
ISBN: 2841149560
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Fashion

Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Errol Flynn, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Cocteau, ou Colette, mais aussi Bettina, Capucine, Suzy Parker, sublimes modèles des années 1950, Georges Dambier déroule dans cet album sa " mémoire " photographique. Reporter-photographe, il raconte en images ses rencontres, son amitié avec les stars, les écrivains, les musiciens qui ont fait des fifties la décennie lyrique, l'âge d'or de la création, du cinéma, et de l'élégance. Pour les magazines de mode, Georges Dambier photographie les plus belles filles du monde. Celles que l'on appelait alors les " cover girls " posent pour celui qui inventera alors le concept de touriste-photographe : Georges Dambier sera l'un des premiers photographes français à " faire sortir " des studios les modèles de haute couture ou de prêt-à-porter et à les mettre en scène dans des décors naturels. Ses images nous surprennent par leur modernité, leur joie de vivre et leur actualité : elles témoignent de la créativité des seigneurs de la mode, mais aussi de ce chic inimitable qui a fait du Paris Fifties le territoire d'élection de la création Haute-Couture.

Travelers Tales Paris

Author: James O'Reilly
Publisher: Travelers' Tales
ISBN: 9781609520748
Release Date: 2011-12-27
Genre: Travel

Paris is one city that you should endeavor to know over the course of a lifetime, and not just in one or two visits. It is the center of the civilized universe, and it belongs to everyone—even to those who see it only in their dreams. The City of Light has bestowed on millions the gift of the incandescent present, an image or experience into which all life is condensed and reflected upon for years to come. Travelers’ Tales Paris captures the romance of the world’s favorite city through stories that entertain, inform, and touch the heart. John Gregory Dunne reveals the manic pleasures of driving in the city’s chaotic traffic. Joseph Diedrich and Katya Macklovich explore romantic encounters that could only happen here. Herbert Gold and David Applefield take aim at the nostalgia surrounding The Left Bank, one reveling in its literary past, the other urging the visitor to reach out to a new, modern Paris in the outlying area of Montreuil. Tim O’Reilly and Coleman Lollar evoke the appeal of unexpected tourist sites, and Marcel Laventurier recounts his harrowing escape from the Nazis on a train bound for occupied Paris in a tale you will never forget.

Forties and Fifties Fashion for the Stage

Author: Jessica Parr
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781351232456
Release Date: 2018-05-21
Genre: Performing Arts

Forties and Fifties Fashion for the Stage: with Patterns from Vintage Clothing provides instruction on how to recreate fashion from the 1940s and 1950s that withstands the vigorous demands of theatrical stage use. This book provides historical context for the clothing and features authentic patterns taken from real vintage pieces. Forties and Fifties Fashion for the Stage demonstrates how to construct a durable costume from scratch, and how to adjust patterns to fit an individual’s measurements. The book also contains a number of "How To Fake It" chapters with advice on thrifting and how to create period fashion using today’s clothing. Both men’s and women’s fashions and patterns are featured, including formal and casual wear.

A Good Life

Author: Ben Bradlee
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439128855
Release Date: 2011-05-31
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This is the witty, candid story of a daring young man who made his own way to the heights of American journalism and public life, of the great adventure that took him at only twenty years old straight from Harvard to almost four years in the shooting war in the South Pacific, and back, from a maverick New Hampshire weekly to an apprenticeship for Newsweek in postwar Paris, then to the Washington Bureau chief’s desk, and finally to the apex of his career at The Washington Post. Bradlee took the helm of The Washington Post in 1965. He and his reporters transformed it into one of the most influential and respected news publications in the world, reinvented modern investigative journalism, and redefined the way news is reported, published, and read. Under his direction, the paper won eighteen Pulitzer Prizes. His leadership and investigative drive following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the downfall of a president, and kept every president afterward on his toes. Bradlee, backed every step of the way by the Graham family, challenged the federal government over the right to publish the Pentagon Papers—and won. His ingenuity, and the spirited reporting of Sally Quinn, now his wife, led to the creation of the Style Section, a revolutionary newspaper feature in its time, now copied by just about every paper in the country.

Norman Mailer A Double Life

Author: J. Michael Lennon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439150214
Release Date: 2014-10-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Drawing on extensive interviews and unpublished letters, as well as his own encounters with Mailer, this authoritative biography of the eminent novelist, journalist and controversial public figure chronicles his entire career and his self-conscious effort to create a distinctive identity for himself.

Great Fashion Designs of the Fifties

Author: Tom Tierney
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486249603
Release Date: 1985
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction

Two lifelike paper dolls and 30 haute couture outfits by Chanel, Paquin, Jacques Heim, Mainbocher, Pauline Trigere, Givenchy, Cardin, Norell, other greats. Full Color. Publisher's Note. Captions.

Terrible Beauty A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century

Author: Peter Watson
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9781780226736
Release Date: 2013-10-17
Genre: Philosophy

A history of the twentieth century which covers all the ideas, people, great events, literary and artistic movements, scientific discoveries which have shaped the twentieth century. Terrible Beauty presents a unique narrative of the twentieth century. Unlike more conventional histories, where the focus is on political events and personalities, on wars, treaties and elections, this book concentrates on the ideas that made the century so rich, rewarding and provocative. Beginning with four seminal ideas which were introduced in 1900 - the unconscious, the gene, the quantum and Picasso's first paintings in Paris - the book brings together the main areas of thought and juxtaposes the most original and influential ideas of our time in an immensely readable narrative. From the creation of plastic to Norman Mailer, from the discovery of the 'Big Bang' to the Counterculture, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Salman Rushdie, and Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book's range is encyclopedic. We meet in these pages the other twentieth century, the writers, the artists, the scientists and philosophers who were not cowed by the political and military disasters raging around them, and produced some of the most amazing and rewarding ideas by which we live. Terrible Beauty, endlessly stimulating and provocative, affirms that there was much more to the twentieth century than war and genocide.

Lotus on a Dung Heap

Author: John Basile
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9780595140794
Release Date: 2000-10-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

He is a gay artist in WW2. He learns that any man will have sex under the right conditions. His duties as a Navy Corpsman attached to a rangy Marine unit on a Pacific island lead to some hilarious adventures. After the war he is an art student in San Francisco and discovers a world where being queer is normal. He goes to Italy and meets a lawyer. They rent a house next door to the girl he¡_ll marry only months later. The story describes the dilemma a homosexual goes through when he begins loving a woman...while still carrying on with his male lover. He brings his wife to America and gets a job with a film company that sends them to Mexico. His wife fucks a man in Acapulco. This leads to a break up. Three weeks later he meets a Mexican doctor and moves in...for five years. When the affair ends he returns to California to a liberated sex scene...just before the outbreak of AIDS. This part deals with explicit sexual scenes. He is in San Francisco when AIDS surfaces... and volunteers at the AIDS Center. He describes a day on the hot lines. In the last section the AIDS crisis is in full stride. He is now working as an AIDS buddy with terminally ill men. There are case histories...and a summing up.