Donald Ogden Stewart wrote: “Once upon a time there was a prince and a princess: that’s exactly how a description of the Murphy’s should begin. They were both rich; he was handsome; she was beautiful; they had three golden children. They loved each other, they enjoyed their own company, and they had a gift for making life enchantingly pleasurable for those who were fortunate enough to be their friends.”
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Day Five: Sara and Gerald Murphy; Living Well is the Best Revenge by Calvin Tomkins


Introduction

Best remembered as the role models for Dick and Nicole Diver in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Tender Is The Night," the wealthy American expatriates Gerald and Sara Murphy took France by storm in the 1920s with a modern style that inspired many artists and writers of the period. Like their friends Picasso, Stravinsky, Serge Diaghilev and others, the Murphys - both products of wealthy New York families - were radicals in their time, possessing a rare ability to understand and encourage progressive art forms like Cubism and the groundbreaking work of the Ballets Russes, for whom they restored stage sets. After moving to France in 1921 with their three young children, Sara, then in her late 30s, and Gerald, five years younger, embarked on an unconventional lifestyle that celebrated creativity. Their style was rooted in an elegant simplicity that extended from the design of their homes to the way they dressed and entertained. Gerald's resort wear inspired Coco Chanel, for example, and Sara's penchant for wearing pearls draped down her back while sunbathing inspired drawings and paintings of the period as well as Fitzgerald's prose. The Murphys also brought American cocktails, movies and jazz records to France, while exporting to America the latest art, music and literature from Europe.

Resources

Calvin Tomkins book Sara and Gerald Murphy, Living Well is the Best Revenge
http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/05/24/reviews/980524.24allent.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Warm-Up

After reading Calvin Tomkins book Sara and Gerald Murphy, Living Well is the Best Revenge, consider the following questions:
Why did they decide to move to Paris in 1921?
Who were some of their famous friends?
What was the relationship like between the Murphy's and the Fitzgerald's?
How did Gerald and Sara Murphy react when Tender is the Night was published?
Recall some of the outrageous incidents where Fitzgerald and Zelda were out of control.
Did the Murphy's ever waver in thier loyalty to the Fitzgerlad's?

Lesson

1. You will select an article from the following website What A Swell Party it Was.
http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/05/24/reviews/980524.24allent.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
2. In groups of five, you will collaboratively prepare a Power Point Presentation that expresses the information and ideas of the article.
3. You may reference Tomkin's book as well as Fitzgerlad's Tender is the Night if applicable.
4. Remember to engage your audiance - the more attractive the presentation, the better it will be received.

Evaluation

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Cooperation
Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively all of the time.
Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively most of the time.
Group delegates tasks and shares responsibility effectively some of the time.
Group often is not effective in delegating tasks and/or sharing responsibility.
Content - Accuracy
All content throughout the presentation is accurate. There are no factual errors.
Most of the content is accurate but there is one piece of information that might be inaccurate.
The content is generally accurate, but one piece of information is clearly flawed or inaccurate.
Content is typically confusing or contains more than one factual error.
Originality
Presentation shows considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way.
Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way.
Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness on 1-2 cards.
Presentation is a rehash of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.
Sequencing of Information
Information is organized in a clear, logical way. It is easy to anticipate the type of material that might be on the next card.
Most information is organized in a clear, logical way. One card or item of information seems out of place.
Some information is logically sequenced. An occassional card or item of information seems out of place.
There is no clear plan for the organization of information.
Effectiveness
Project includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic. It is a highly effective study guide.
Project includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the material but is lacking one or two key elements. It is an adequate study guide.
Project is missing more than two key elements. It would make an incomplete study guide.
Project is lacking several key elements and has inaccuracies that make it a poor study guide.
Buttons and Links Work Correctly
All buttons and links work correctly.
Most (99-90%) buttons and links work correctly
Many (89-75%) of the buttons and links work correctly.
Fewer than 75% of the buttons work correctly.

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