Americans and the Making of the Riviera
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About the Book
Led by Cole Porter in the 1920s, Americans demonstrated that the best season to visit the French Riviera was not the winter, as had been the practice, but the summer. With this shift, Americans became the dominant shapers of tourism on the Riviera in the 20th century, yet the American achievement in revolutionizing the economy of the South of France is largely unsung.
This insightful history details the American influence on the Riviera and the contributions of several individuals. It pays particular attention to such writers and artists as Edith Wharton, Gerald Murphy, Henry Clews, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, whose work drew energy from their stays in the Riviera and in turn helped to cement an idyllic image of the Riviera in the American popular consciousness.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 39 photos, appendix, chronology, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
Table of Contents
1. Thomas Jefferson in the Land of Corn, Wine, Oil and Sunshine 9
2. The American Girls Were the Most Beautiful 22
3. James Gordon Bennett Jr., Princess Alice and Isadora Duncan 32
4. Edith Wharton at Hyères 53
5. Cole Porter and the Revolution of the Summer Season 69
6. Hôtel du Cap 78
7. Villa America 103
8. Tender Is the Night 126
9. Clews, Tucks, Goulds, GIs and Baldwin 139
10. Films, Jazz and Mansions 161
11. Epilogue: Sophia-Antipolis 182
Appendix: Riviera Streets and Squares Named After American People and Places 185
Chapter Notes 189
“fascinating…this is a plumcake of a book, full of tasty morsels”—The Riviera Reporter; “a lively compendium of anecdotes”—French News; “an entertaining book”—France Magazine; “an new history guide…details America’s journey from a tourist minority to one of the region’s formative forces over a 200 year period beginning with the visit of Thomas Jefferson in 1787”—Let’s Go Riviera; “an enjoyable book”—Contemporary Review.