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A Night at the Majestic

by Richard Davenport-Hines

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About the Book

One May night in 1922, in a grand hotel in Paris, five of the greatest artists of the twentieth-century sat down to supper.

It would be the only time that novelists Joyce and Proust, the young painter Picasso, choreographer Diaghilev, and the composer Stravinsky were in a room together.

Each of these exponents of early twentieth-century modernism was at the peak of his creative powers, and of all of them, Proust was enjoying the most spectacular success.

Yet within six months he would be dead. A Night at the Majestic evokes the luxury and glamour of early-twentieth-century Paris, the intellectual achievement of the modernist movement—and the gossip, intrigue, and scandal of aristocratic France.

Proust at the Majestic

Speaking of the Hotel Majestic: Richard Davenport-Hines has also written a critical biography of famed French author Marcel Proust's final days, which were spent at the famous Hotel Majestic in Paris, located on the Avenue Kléber near the Arc de Triomphe. See info about Proust at the Majestic on this website.

About the Author

Richard Davenport-Hines is an author and journalist who lives in London. His books include The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics, Gothic: Four Hundred Years of Excess, Horror, Evil and Ruin, and a major biography of W. H. Auden. A recipient of the Wolfson Prize for History and a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he writes for The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The Sunday Times, and The Independent. Richard Davenport-Hines is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Historical Society. He is a past winner of the Wolfson Prize for History and Biography, and edited Hugh Trevor-Roper's Letters from Oxford.


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