The Banquet Years

by: Roger Shattuck

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The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I (revised edition) by Roger Shattuck / ISBN 9780394704159 / 448 page paperback, -5/16 x 7-1/4 inches, published by Vintage

A long-time favorite.


The definitive chronicle of the origins of French avant-garde literature and art, Roger Shattuck’s classic portrays the cultural bohemia of turn-of-the-century Paris who carried the arts into a period of renewal and accomplishment and laid the groundwork for Dadaism and Surrealism. Shattuck focuses on the careers of Alfred Jarry, Henri Rousseau, Erik Satie, and Guillaume Apollinaire, using the quartet as window into the era as he exploring a culture whose influence is at the very foundation of modern art.