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Bright Young People The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918 1940The Bright Young People were one People The MOBI #240 of the extraordinary youth cults in British history A ple. I thoroughly enjoyed this moving and informative account of the 1920s British band of pleasure seeking bohemians and blue blooded socialites that comprised the Bright Young People DJ Taylor's fascinating book explores the main events and the key players throughout the 1920s 1930s World War Two and into the post WW2 eraI encountering many names that I was already uite familiar with eg Cecil Beaton Elizabeth Ponsonby the Jungman sisters Patrick Balfour Diana and Nancy Mitford Brian Howard Anthony Powell Evelyn Waugh Cyril Connolly Henry Yorke and many having read other excellent accounts of the era Theses include Mad World Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead The Mitford Girls The Biography of an Extraordinary Family The Age of Illusion England in the Twenties and Thirties 1919 1940 and The Long Week end A Social History of Great Britain 1918 39Elizabeth Ponsonby's story looms large in this book as DJ Taylor had access to her parents' diaries In the late 1920s and early 1930s she was a staple in the gossip columns who seized upon the Bright Young People's adventures and reported them with a mixture of reverence and glee There was plenty to report practical jokes treasure hunts fancy dress parties stealing policemen's helmets dancing all night at the Ritz and so on In a sense this is what the 1920s is best remembered for and for some it must have felt right after the trauma of World War One and with Victorian values in decline for young people to enjoy themselves However beneath the laughter and the cocktails lurk some less jolly narratives DJ Taylor manages to dig beneath the glittering surface where for every success story Evelyn Waugh and Cecil Beaton both launched very successful careers via the opportunities the Bright Young People scene afforded them there were also tales of failure and tragedy Some Bright Young People managed to adapt and prosper others either continued their 1920s lifestyles or were forever trapped by their gilded youths Elizabeth Ponsonby provides the ultimate cautionary tale She made a half hearted attempt at acting and later took a short lived job as a dress shop assistant but basically drank to excess gave parties and practically bankrupted her parents who fretted helplessly “It hurts us to see you getting coarse in your speech outlook in life” her mother wrote to Elizabeth in 1923 suggesting “you ought to enlarge your sphere of enjoyment not only find happiness in night clubs London parties a certain sort of person” This sounds like any parent’s out of touch lament but the Ponsonbys had genuine cause for concern The tone of Vile Bodies captures Elizabeth Ponsonby's routines as glimpsed in her parents' diaries In Vile Bodies Waugh states the Bright Young People exhibit naïveté callousness insensitivity insincerity flippancy a fundamental lack of seriousness and moral euilibrium that sours every relationship and endeavour they are involved in A harsh and telling view from an eye witnessand probably closer to the truth than the hagiographic accounts of the era As I state at the outset I really enjoyed this book and despite having read a few similar accounts I discovered plenty of new information and this has added to my understanding of this endlessly fascinating era I also found it surprisingly moving the diary entries by Elizabeth Ponsonby's parents are heartbreaking Recommended for anyone interested in the era of the Bright Young People45

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Bright Young People The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918 1940 Download ↠ 5 Å [BOOKS] ✬ Bright Young People The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918 1940 ✮ D.J. Taylor – The Bright Young People were one of the extraordinary youth cults in British history A pleAsure seeking band of bohemian party givers and blue blooded socialites they romped through the s gossip column. I fell into this book sort of by accident It started with reading a couple of the Patrick Leigh Fermor travel books which reminded me that I am fascinated by the period between 1890 and 1939 when we were wrenched in my opinion into the modern world and the period between WWI and WWII was the new world's childhood I picked up Robert Graves' The Long Weekend a social history of 1921 1939 which is a terrific idiosyncratic read and then plunged into Bright Young People I am not a bit smarter for having read the book This is the tale of the young semi monied 'smart set' whose parties were the stuff of society sections and scandal They seem a perfect parallel for the Paris Hiltons and her tribe not particularly useful but taking up endless pages of copy Taylor wrote the book recently 2004 and I have to wonder why He tries hard to draw lessons from them without uite calling them dreadful examples but the lessons are obvious and in Taylor's hands lead to no conclusions Not counting the escapees like Evelyn Waugh and Cecil Beaton they are the same lost shallow or frittered lives that for some reason so enchant us in People Magazine or Star or Us which I absolutely read every time I have my hair done Among my friends it is legal to read them but illegal to buy them There is a better book in these stories bios would have made interesting reading I think there may be a pungent pertinent summation about our interest in the BYP caught embarrassed but fascinated by the excesses sort of sorry we missed some of those type of parties and heartily hoping our kids missed them tooI can't uite say I didn't like it but it is now on the stack of books destined to be donated somewhere

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S But the uest for pleasure came at a price This work talks about of England's 'lost generation' of the Jazz Ag. As someone who has always described myself as an old soul I have a natural predisposition to understanding and appreciating the past Though I recognize the implications and naiveté of such a wish not a day goes by that I still don't pine yearn and frankly tingle at the mere thought of being a young woman alive sometime during the first half of the twentieth century In my opinion those first fifty years garnered far snazzier fashions thought provoking art and interesting people than just about anything in the latter halfIn order to get my history fix I often watch movies from the silent era and golden age of Hollywood Bette Davis Bette Davis Bette Davis incorporate certain classic elements into my wardrobe and make up choices eg fishnet stockings loose fitting tops with belts wedged heels and constantly read about the people places and things of the various decades My latest conuest in the last department is a book called Bright Young People The Lost Generation of London's Jazz Age which is a thorough recreation and examination of the life and times of the budding British elite in the roaring '20s The author DJ Taylor not only provided my fix with his wonderful investigative work but he also supplied me with the inspiration to find out even about the people he traces to read some of the books they wrote and to finally get my hair wavedThe Bright Young People were a large group of London’s rich and famous young men and women They’ve been immortalized in literature Evelyn Waugh being the most prominent author of the period in movies Bright Young Things and in various other types of art In many ways they’re immortal beings which is odd considering they only existed for such a short time span in history For ten or so years they ruled the celebrity roost with their charming antics extravagant parties and bohemian sensibilities Gin and tonic bath and bottle parties and lighthearted feelings were all the rage with this brood In the end though their hedonism and the prospect and eventuality of war in later years stopped their frolicking and merriment A number of the Bright Young People failed to escape their hunger for extravagance and succumbed to the effects of alcohol and drugs Others went to war and perished Some retired their dancing slippers and hunkered down to a normal life Many vanished into thin air Taylor artfully traces the origins of the Bright Young People with the same effervescent touch the people themselves possess His language is sassy sweet and intelligent Though he covers a lot of ground in the roughly twenty years the text never feels heavy or meandering Instead it sucks you in like a great novel or a great piece of gossip Bright Young People will make you laugh while learning about a group of carefree individuals who at one point or another actually lived the life many of us dream of living Review by Sara Freeman