Books: Notable: Mar. 28, 1983

SARA & GERALD by Honoria Murphy Donnelly with Richard N. Billings; 254 pages; Times Books; $17.95

They invented the summer season on the Riviera. The guest list at their 14-room Villa America near Antibes included Ernest Hemingway, Cole Porter, Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso. F. Scott Fitzgerald used the Murphys as models for Nicole and Dick Diver in Tender Is the Night. They were the subjects of Calvin Tomkins' 1971 bestseller Living Well Is the Best Revenge.

But Sara and Gerald Murphy were more than monuments of the jazz age. Honoria Murphy Donnelly, their daughter, repeats the familiar accounts of her...

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