Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern

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Crown, Feb 4, 2009 - History - 352 pages
Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who heralded a radical change in American culture and launched the first truly modern decade.

The New Woman of the 1920s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted.

Flapper is an inside look at the 1920s. With tales of Coco Chanel, the French orphan who redefined the feminine form; Lois Long, the woman who christened herself “Lipstick” and gave New Yorker readers a thrilling entrée into Manhattan’s extravagant Jazz Age nightlife; three of America’s first celebrities: Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louise Brooks; Dallas-born fashion artist Gordon Conway; Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, whose swift ascent and spectacular fall embodied the glamour and excess of the era; and more, this is the story of America’s first sexual revolution, its first merchants of cool, its first celebrities, and its most sparkling advertisement for the right to pursue happiness.

Whisking us from the Alabama country club where Zelda Sayre first caught the eye of F. Scott Fitzgerald to Muncie, Indiana, where would-be flappers begged their mothers for silk stockings, to the Manhattan speakeasies where patrons partied till daybreak, historian Joshua Zeitz brings the 1920s to exhilarating life.
 

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Quick thoughts: I really liked it, but would have preferred that it didn't have factual errors which were a bit frustrating to notice. It also didn’t cover as much about the flappers as it could have ... Read full review

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I had to read this book for a book club and it took me all month to read it. It was so loaded with facts that it teetered on the edge of sounding like someone's dissertation. I would have liked more ... Read full review

Contents

PARI
1
ANDYELL?
29
DARI
52
A MIND FUILL OF FABUILATIONs
127
LET Go OF THE WAISTLINE
147
INTO THE STREETS
161
H R
211
OH LITTLE GIRL NEvER GRow UIP
223
THE KIND OF GIRL THE FELLOws WANT
231
ANOTHER PETUILANT WAY TO PAss THE TIME
245
THE DREAMERs DREAM CoMETRUE
257
Suici DE ON THE INSTALLMENT PLAN
267
UINAFFORDABLE ExcEss
277
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Joshua Zeitz has taught American history and politics at Cambridge University, Harvard University, and Princeton University. He is the author of several books on American political and social history and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, the New Republic, The Atlantic, Dissent, and American Heritage. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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