Author(s): ight Young People : the misplaced technology of London’s Jazz Age By Taylor, David John
Before the media circus of Britney, Paris, and our fashionable obsession with famous person, there have been the Bright Young People, a voraciously pleasure-seeking band of bohemian party-givers and blue-blooded socialites who romped in the course of the gossip columns of 1920s London. Evelyn Waugh immortalized their slang, their pranks, and their tragedies in his novels, and over the following part century, manyfrom Cecil Beaton to Nancy Mitford and John Betjemanwould transform family names. But underneath the veneer of hedonism and sensible jokes used to be a tormented technology, introduced up within the shadow of battle. Sparkling skill used to be too frequently introduced low by means of alcoholism and habit. Drawing at the virtuosic and frequently wrenching writings of the Bright Young People themselves, the biographer and novelist D. J. Taylor has produced a charming account of an age of fleeting brilliance.