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

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Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, 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. Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture.

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 era to exhilarating life. This is the story of Americas first sexual revolution, its first merchants of cool, its first celebrities, and its most sparkling advertisement for the right to pursue happiness.

The men and women who made the flapper were a diverse lot.

There was Coco Chanel, the French orphan who redefined the feminine form and silhouette, helping to free women from the torturous corsets and crinolines that had served as tools of social control.

Three thousand miles away, Lois Long, the daughter of a Connecticut clergyman, christened herself “Lipstick” and gave New Yorker readers a thrilling entrée into Manhattans extravagant Jazz Age nightlife.

In California, where orange groves gave way to studio lots and fairytale mansions, three of Americas first celebritiesClara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louise Brooks, Hollywoods great flapper triumviratefired the imaginations of millions of filmgoers.

Dallas-born fashion artist Gordon Conway and Utah-born cartoonist John Held crafted magazine covers that captured the electricity of the social revolution sweeping the United States.

Bruce Barton and Edward Bernays, pioneers of advertising and public relations, taught big business how to harness the dreams and anxieties of a newly industrial Americaand a nation of consumers was born.

Towering above all were Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, whose swift ascent and spectacular fall embodied the glamour and excess of the era that would come to an abrupt end on Black Tuesday, when the stock market collapsed and rendered the age of abundance and frivolity instantly obsolete.

With its heady cocktail of storytelling and big ideas, Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who launched the first truly modern decade.

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Through the madcap lives of Zelda Fitzgerald, Lois Long, Coco Chanel, Clara Bow, and other Jazz Age luminaries, "Flapper" tells the fascinating story of the new woman and the making of modern culture.

About the Author

Joshua Zeitz is a lecturer on American history and fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge and is a contributing editor at American Heritage. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Republic, and Forward. He lives in New York and Cambridge, England. Visit his website at FlapperBook.com.

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Jacquie Rogers, author of Faery Special Romances, September 6, 2006 (view all comments by Jacquie Rogers, author of Faery Special Romances)
I bought this book after reading the reviews of several books covering the Roaring 20s. I needed not just facts and figures, but the feel of the era, since I was researching for a short fiction story set then. Joshua Zeitz did it all, covering both individual experiences as well as the essence of the time.

Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern is well worth the price. It's packed with solid research and is also highly entertaining.

Get a wiggle on and go buy it!
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Susan, May 22, 2006 (view all comments by Susan)
A much more scholarly book then you might think from the title. An interesting book--notable for its discussion of some of the history of the US transition from make it yourself or do without to mass production and the development of marketing and advertising (or the creation of desire) that was, according to the author, necessary to move all those mass produced goods off the shelves. As well as changing some social/cultural concepts of thrift, hard work, etc., to buy now enjoy now--all part of the development of the flapper. Additional discussion re: exclusion of non whites from definition of 'flapper' and those 'excluded' who refused to be excluded.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400080533
Subtitle:
A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
Author:
Zeitz, Joshua
Publisher:
Crown
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Celebrities
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/20s
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20060314
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
27 BandW PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9.28x6.48x1.17 in. 1.30 lbs.

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