Six Women of A Dangerous Generation

Book - 2014 | 1st American edition
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The forefront British dance critic and award-nominated author of Bloomsbury Ballerina presents a revisionist assessment of the movement that shattered the boundaries of conventional femininity through the lives of six figures that exemplified it, including Lady Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Tamara de Lempicka. Glamorised, mythologised and demonised, the women of the 1920s prefigured the 1960s in their determination to reinvent the way they lived. This is in part a biography of that restless generation: starting with its first fashionable acts of rebellion just before the Great War, and continuing through to the end of the decade when the Wall Street crash signal led another cataclysmic world change. It focuses on six women who between them exemplified the range and daring of that generation's spirit, women who, in their very different ways, epitomise the decade in which they came of age, the 1920s.
Publisher: New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: 1st American edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780374156084
Branch Call Number: 305.4 MACKRELL
Characteristics: xiii, 488 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 19, 2017

An easy read. I've learned much of 6 famous women living during the 1920s. I'm now curious to learn more.

Sep 05, 2014

This is a pretty detailed biography of these 6 women flappers. I liked that the author dedicated a lot of attention to their childhood - it really helps to understand where such kind of people come from. I barely knew these women ( excluding Josephine Baker - the most talented one) before I read the book.
I was always wondering why picture of Nancy could be placed among movie stars - obvious alcoholic with a haunted face expression. so now I know.:)
It is strange that the author presents these women as some kind of role models, as you can judge by the quote I gave here. I think the reason why nowadays we don't know them, and people don't talk about them is that the heroines of the book ( excluding Josephine Baker) had only a teeny tiny talent and became famous for a decade or so only because of their impudence and their readiness to pay ANY price for that moment of fame ( in case of Nancy - mere self-destruction). Sometimes that price they paid was VERY high. I don't think it was worth it.


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Sep 05, 2014

Even now their aspirations and battles have a resonance for us, and even now they hold up a standard against which our own vision and nerve can be judged

Sep 05, 2014

For years he and Tamara had enjoyed the most civilized of marriages. They took lovers, dined at different times and even lived in separate buildings.


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