Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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In her exuberant new work, Marion Meade presents a portrait of four extraordinary writers-Dorothy Parker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St.Vincent Millay, and Edna Ferber- whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors embodied the spirit of the 1920s.

These literary heroines did what they wanted and said what they thought, living wholly in the moment. They kicked open the door for twentieth-century women writers and set a new model for every woman trying to juggle the serious issues of economic independence, political power, and sexual freedom. Here are the social and literary triumphs and inevitably the penances paid: crumbled love affairs, abortions, depression, lost beauty, nervous breakdowns, and finally, overdoses and even madness.

A vibrant mixture of literary scholarship, social history, and scandal, Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin is a rich evocation of a period that will forever intrigue and captivate us.

 

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User Review  - kittyjay - LibraryThing

Dorothy Parker has always been a personal fascination, one evidenced by the myriad collections of her work, biographies, and even a movie starring Jennifer Jason Leigh that grace my bookshelves. So ... Read full review

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User Review  - thejazzmonger - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. I was, likely, predisposed to since I came to it with a long-time interest in the period (Roaring 20's), in the literature of the times, and it's celebrated authors. I ... Read full review

Contents

1920
5
1921
41
1922
62
1923
86
1924
110
1925
131
1926
160
1927
188
1929
239
1930
268
AFTERWORD
294
NOTES
299
LIST OF WORKS
334
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
337
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
341
INDEX
343

1928
215

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MARION MEADE is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? and Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties. She has also written biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Madame Blavatsky, and Victoria Woodhull, as well as two novels about medieval France.

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