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Bright Young People The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918 1940 Summary Þ 8 ↠ ➻ [Download] ➸ Bright Young People The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918 1940 By D.J. Taylor ➺ – The Bright Young People were one of the extraordinary youth cults in British historySure seeking band of bohemian party givers and blue blooded socialites they romped through the s gossip columns. 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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But the uest for pleasure came at a price This work talks about of England's 'lost generation' of the Jazz Age. I had previously read the biographies of Stephen Tennent and Brian Howard also Paula Byrne's very interesting book Mad World so I found little new in this work The exception being the material regarding Elizabeth Ponsonby the author had access to her family's archive unfortunately there was little to justify the detail to the point of tedium with which Mr Taylor treated this individual She was one of the less significant members of the Bright Young People really just an alcoholic who was famous for being famous and draining the funds of her long suffering parentsMore seriously than these faults I found a strong vein of homophobia throughout this work The author makes several remarks about homosexuals being predators and is dismissive of the courage of those brave enough to live their lives openly despite facing prison and social disapproval

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Bright Young People The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918 1940The Bright Young People were one People The PDF #204 of the extraordinary youth cults in British history A plea. I would never have thought that anyone could write a book about the Jazz Age that could be so sleep inducing The author constantly goes into tedious detail where it is not warranted The core group of the Bright Young People of London in the 1920's were the first people via modern media to be famous for being famous They had no special talent or skills so how much can you write about them There were some people on the edge of this group such as Evelyn Waugh who went on to greater accomplishmentsIn the case of Elizabeth Ponsonby the author seems to have committed to paper everything he managed to find on her However Elizabeth's only claim to fame was that she was great fun at parties And that's all she had no special talent or skill and did nothing of social significance A Wikipedia article on her has been deleted on this basis She did sponge off her long suffering parents until her premature death from drink in her late thirties but she's not the first person in history to have done that Yet the author gives much space to her story uoting extensively from her father's diary where one or two uotations would have sufficed I'd give this 15 stars if I could There is some interesting information here but it is lost in a morass of insignificant detail