D.J. Taylor: Bright Young People The Rise and Fall of a Generation 1918 1940



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This book is The True Story of the Bilderberg Group probably a little too esoteric for me I found the story of Elizabeth Ponsonby and herarents Arthur and Dorothea heartbreaking The Bright Young People were the Paris Hiltons Lindsay Lohans and the reality stars of their day It s sad that some bright young things never know when to leave the When I Grow Up (Tales From Foster High, party I hadreviously 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 Arachne 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 sufferingarentsMore seriously than these faults I found a strong vein of homophobia throughout this work The author makes several remarks about homosexuals being Rock Lead Basics predators and is dismissive of the courage of those brave enough to live their lives openly despite facingrison and social disapproval Once I arrived at the second or third chapter I found this book difficult to Lightning Over Bennett Ranch put down for the night The style of the writing keeps readers moving along at a fastace Sri Sumarah, Pariyem dan Bu Bei perhaps reminding us of the freneticace of the 1920s themselves Each Class Struggles prominent Bright Young Person s life and character is detailed withortraits drawn clearly After reading this book one almost feels as though one knows each member of the group Wilfred Owen (Routledge Revivals) personally Among the members of the group upon whom focus islaced are Nancy Mitford and her sisters Unity and Diana the Fascists among the sisters Alec and Evelyn Waugh Cecil Beaton Elizabeth Ponsonby and Brenda Deen Paul Other less well known members of the Bright Young People whom we get to know include Patrick Balfour Brian Howard Stephen Tennant and others whose life achievements failed to keep them Study to Teach prominent in theublic memoryI d recommend this book for readers interested in 20th century American culture the 1920s in Global Corporations in Global Governance particular andeople who are curious about the small group of rich and boisterous youngsters who had so much influence during their time and yet now seem like falling stars very bright for a moment and then gone I had very little interest in reading this book and it took me awhile to get hooked by it but I do recommend it flawed though it is It seems every era of Angels in Harmony prosperity has its bratack of flibbertigibbit young Sketchy Behavior people with too much time on their hands too much cleverness and not enough enduring talent It s called I m tempted to say life The Bright Young People hereafter referred to as BYP were a group of aristocratic andor well heeled youngeople and their hangers on who started doing outrageous things within the confines of a tightly defined social milieu that Autumn Brides pretty much characterizes England during just about any time in history after the Romans left c 410 AD Perhaps globalization hasut the kibosh on such localized youth The Princess and the Three Knights phenomenon was the last outbreak in England was Carnaby Street in the Swingin Sixties Or whatever street that was I can never keep this straight But in the 1920s the BYP were echt English with the exception of a few of them who wound up becoming Nazis and to some extent held the attention of the world or at least the English tabloids Affluent youngeople doing silly stuff Paris Hilton comes to mind as she should she d be good at being a BYP and I mean this as a compliment BYP status involved a great deal of hard work shrewd friend and enemy icking and constant image burnishing Still who cares Such gorgeous waifs add nothing to the culture nothing to the economy except spending lots in the frou frou market Well when it comes to the BYP of the 1920s Evelyn Waugh is art of the Sticky Church pack and Cyril Connolly and Anthony Powell some attention should beaid So I slogged on and found the book to have been well worth the effort But it could have been a much better bookFirst off Taylor couldn t make up his mind what kind of book he wanted this to be and in the Forbidden Love Unchained process missed an opportunity to write something that could ve been great Things start out with aretty clinical sociological cultural account of the era with lots of snooty contemporary Punch cartoons This is why it took my 4 months to read this thing because I found this opening stuff competent but rather underwhelming and again my lack of interest in the subject contributed to my lack of enthusiasm To be honest except for Waugh and the other literary lights I had trouble keeping the names straight But the true heart of the story came to my attention about halfway through when I noticed increasing references to elderly MP and diarist. The Bright Young People were one of the extraordinary youth cults in British history A leasure seeking

Arthur Ponsonby and his wife Dorothea and his alcoholic trainwreck BYP daughter Elizabeth and the man she was briefly married Denis Pelly This story was the heart of the book and gave it a heft that all those tabloid accounts of ridiculous theme arties couldn t Metro 2033 (Universo Metro) provide Astonishingly here is Taylor in the opening of his Notes and Further Reading section found at the back of the book after it was far too late to matter Therimary source for this book has been the mass of Christianity papers accumulated by the Ponsonby family These include the extensive diaries kept by Arthur and Dorothea letters sent to them by Elizabeth and the documents and other artifacts discovered in Elizabeth s flat after her death 329So if this stuff was the rimary source make the Ponsonby s the heart of the story and let the other BYP s enter the orbit This Ponsonby material from what I can tell is significant Arthur s diary entries are heartbreaking there is a talent often unintentional involved in writing a diary that anybody else would want to read and Arthur has it although so far as I can tell he did not have an eye on literary osterity he wrote in order to compose his thoughts and to better understand his life and family The love for his hopeless helpless yet charming daughter Elizabeth is very very moving Her feckless husband soon divorced Denis Pelly is a case of a weak man trying hard to not be a wastrel I am not exactly sure what happened to Denis unless I missed it and I tried the index to refresh my memory Taylor s failure to address his fate is unfortunate And yet the reader will find that Taylor buries the Ponsonbys to the extent that they are just another casualty in BYP era decade long on going catastrophe There are clues that the Ponsonbys are special one of the two Alice-Miranda at Camp photo sections has annoyingly truncated captions of the Ponsonby s referring to them only by their first names that left me baffled and annoyed It was only halfway through the book before the Ponsonby s emerged from the swirl of themearties and car wrecks and hushed up scandals Only at the end of the book when Arthur stops keeping his diary except for occasional anguished and soul lacerating entries about his dead daughter did the full extent of Taylor s missed opportunity come clear So the Ponsonby heart of this book is mostly lost in a whirl of BYP shenanigans Matters are not improved by Taylor s intermittent mean streak and The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature (Penguin Press Science) (English Edition) paparazzi mentality For instance one of my favorites of the BYP is Brian Howard a failed writer andoet of substantial but suandered talent Although Howard s failures are detailed within the text Taylor feels compelled to devote an entire vicious chapter to him called The Books Brian Never Wrote The heartlessness of this inculcated in me a real antipathy towards Taylor so what ve you done Mr Taylor Indeed almost all writers are failures in the big enduring sense of the word Howard s sloth The Association of Small Bombs pusillanimity mama s boy skirt clinging and wishful thinking are easy to savage but Howard also seemed to be a writer of some scruples and a decent amount of self awareness Taylor is far impressed by forgettable but relentlesslyroductive hacks such as Robert Bryon Making sure one establishes a career and stays comfy seems to be the benchmark of literary success for Taylor Even outside literary matters Taylor is a meanie For instance the Wilderness Survival Handbook pathetic but rather dazzling I must say based on ahoto The White Mans Burden published in the book morphine addict Brenda Dean Paul comes in for some heavy handed snarky Lindsay Lohan treatment But Taylor s breaking a butterfly on the wheel here for Brenda Dean Paul s life was nothing but sad anditiful and hopeless The Bryan Guinness a key BYP Visit the Sick personality that emerges from Taylor s book is also blundered Guinness the brewery heir fell in with the BYP s and married disastrously always use the word disastrously when describing BTY marriages it saves time one of them the beautiful and vacant Diana Mitford vacant but later all too filled up with intransigent Nazi ideology From Taylor s depiction he seemed to be merely aarticularly wan colorless version of the typical BYP male As it turns out his wife and his wealth made him Carry Me Over the Threshold party central at the end of the book we are told that Guinness was conservative and conscientious wanting nothing than to raise a family and did so having a bunch of kids by his second wife and generally live a responsible life That I still drink Guinness Stout is a testament to his business acumen But this information came late and as a surprise ending but it felt a little cheap some hint of Guinness sersonality towards the beginning of the narrative would have The Courtship Basket provided this apparently normal decent human being with at least some of the heft his character deserved And yet Taylor is capable of And of bohemianarty givers and blue blooded socialites they romped through the 1920s gossip columns But.

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Alance and compassionate good sense What is strange is the fact he is best at the hard cases For instance some of the louche desperate and occasionally talented hangers on orbiting the core of the BYP self immolating super nova are rendered very deftly by Taylor Celebrity Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 2 Samuel (The Expositors Bible Commentary photographer Cecil Beaton s frantic social climbing is outlined by Taylor with shrewd good humor without descending into nastiness Likewise outsider Inez Holden is also nicely sketched Further his take on the Mitford sisters who I ve always find loathsome cloying uasi sinister silly and generally useless struck me as very balanced It would be easy toile on Diana and Unity who greatly admired and met and dined with and Small Talk practically defected to Hitler But Historyretty much takes care of this kind of misguided foolishness and we don t need somebody 70 years later going on and on about how benighted it all was The 1930s were very confusing Accidental Pharisees politically and yet it was almost mandatory that everybody be very very terribly sure of themselves As Martin Amis notes the fascists wind up being universally deplored while the Stalinists of the era are still given an astonishing amount of slack Left or right it was as Auden famously said a low dishonest decade and the woozy substanceless BYP s did not comearticularly well euipped for the dangers and horrors of the 193 I thoroughly enjoyed this moving and informative account of the 1920s British band of leasure seeking bohemians and blue blooded socialites that comprised the Bright Young People DJ Taylor s fascinating book explores the main events and the key layers throughout the 1920s 1930s World War Two and into the Light Thickens (Roderick Alleyn, 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 herarents 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 A Multi-Site Church Roadtrip plenty to reportractical jokes treasure hunts fancy dress Magic Dreams (Kate Daniels, parties stealingolicemen 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 The End of Intelligent Writing 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 androsper others either continued their 1920s lifestyles or were forever trapped by their gilded youths Elizabeth Ponsonby Introduction to Orthotics 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 gavearties and I-O practically bankrupted herarents 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 டணாயக்கன் கோட்டை [Danaayakkan Kottai] parties a certain sort oferson This sounds like any Understanding Central Asia 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 herarents diaries In Vile Bodies Waugh states the Bright Young People exhibit na vet 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 Vietcong 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 discoveredlenty 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 Mastering the Mystical Heptarchy parents are heartbreaking Recommended for anyone interested in the era of the Bright Young People45. 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David John Taylor born 1960 is a critic novelist and biographer After attending school in Norwich he read Modern History at St John's College Oxford and has received the 2003 Whitbread Biography Award for his life of George Orwell He lives in Norwich and contributes to The Daily Telegraph The Guardian The Independent New Statesman and The Spectator among other publicationsHe is married