There was a moment, in April of 1937, when the Lost Generation of nineteen-twenties Paris reunited in Madrid. The occasion was the Spanish Civil War, already in its ninth month, but the regular shelling of the Hotel Florida and other privations of the Fascist siege didn’t prevent Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, Josephine Herbst, and Hemingway’s latest distraction from the thought of suicide, Martha Gellhorn, from living well. Though the Hotel Florida wasn’t the Café des Amateurs, Hemingway managed to procure, thanks in part to impeccable connections with the Spanish government and the Russian general staff, the best food and brandy in the city. Every morning, the other guests woke up to the smell of eggs, bacon, and coffee being prepared by a Hemingway flunky in Room 108, courtesy of the Communist International. The moveable feast had crashed the Red decade.
In 1910 McConnell—a member of T.I.L.K.A., the Hot Feet, the New York Club, the O.W.L. Society, and the Seven Society—withdrew from the University without a degree, and in 1915 he followed the war to France. As an ambulance driver, he joined ranks that included the writers e. e. cummings, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos and witnessed many of the war’s horrors up close. He was awarded a Croix de Guerre for conspicuous bravery while rescuing a wounded French soldier.
|Nom de naissance||John Roderigo Dos Passos|
|Décès|| (à 74 ans)
Prix Antonio Feltrinelli
John Dos Passos met the Spaniard Jose Robles in 1916 during his first venture to Spain. Dos Passos met Ernest Hemingway two years later. He would lose both friends during the Spanish Civil War. Robles was murdered at the beginning of the war, and that tragedy opened an irreversible rift between the two American writers. These events make up the central drama of Breaking Point: Dos Passos, Hemingway, and the Murder of Jose Robles, by Stephen Koch.
Original artwork by John Dos Passos, enlargements of photographs by Man Ray of the family, an image of the Murphys with Cole Porter and his wife in Venice, a reproduction of one of Gerald’s paintings are as much a part of the show as the silver monogrammed martini picks, cocktail shakers, crystal glassware, jewelry, tableware, and monogrammed beach towels of such a high quality that they are still usable today.