Los Angeles in the 1930s: The WPA Guide to the City of Angels (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, Mar 6, 2011 - History - 504 pages
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Los Angeles in the 1930s returns to print an invaluable document of Depression-era Los Angeles, illuminating a pivotal moment in L.A.’s history, when writers like Raymond Chandler, Nathanael West, and F. Scott Fitzgerald were creating the images and associations—and the mystique—for which the City of Angels is still known. Many books in one, Los Angeles in the 1930s is both a genial guide and an addictively readable history, revisiting the Spanish colonial period, the Mexican period, the brief California Republic, and finally American sovereignty. It is also a compact coffee table book of dazzling monochrome photography. These whose haunting visions suggest the city we know today and illuminate the booms and busts that marked L.A.’s past and continue to shape its future.
  

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A comprehensive snapshot of Los Angeles during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Essential for anyone interested in the history of the city. Ideal for browsing. Read full review

Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
ix
LIST OF MAPS
xiii
THE WPA GUIDE TO RENAISSANCE FLORENCE OR A WRITERS PARADISE
xix
PREFACE 1941
xxxi
GENERAL INFORMATION
xxxiii
HOTEL AND OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS
xli
RESTAURANTS
xliii
NIGHT CLUBS
xlvii
A General Survey
1
Part II Los Angeles Points of Interest
143
Part III Neighboring Cities
195
Part IV The Country Around Los Angeles
275
Part V Appendices
403
CHRONOLOGY
405
SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
413
INDEX
421

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
li
CALENDAR OF ANNUAL EVENTS
lvii

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About the author (2011)

The Federal Writers Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) not only provided jobs and income to writers during the Depression, it created for America an astounding series of detailed and richly evocative guides, recounting the stories and histories of the 48 states (plus Alaska Territory and Puerto Rico) and many of the country’s major cities. David Kipen served for five years as Director of Literature at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he led the Big Read initiative, and for seven years as book editor and book critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. He operates a lending library/used book store in Los Angeles called Libros Schmibros, and he is also the author of The Schreiber Theory: A Radical Rewrite of American Film History and translator of Cervantes’ The Dialogue of the Dogs.

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