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Gypsy: The Art of the Tease

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Publisher Comments:

A true icon of America at a turning point in its history, Gypsy Rose Lee was the first—and the only—stripper to become a household name, write novels, and win the adulation of intellectuals, bankers, socialites, and ordinary Americans. Her outrageous blend of funny-smart sex symbol with the aura of high culture—she boasted that she liked to read Great Books and listen to classical music while taking off her clothes on-stage—inspired a musical, memoirs, a portrait by Max Ernst, and a species of rose. Gypsy is the first book about Gypsy Rose Lees life, fame, and place in America not written by a family member, and it reveals her deep impact on the social and cultural transformations taking shape during her life.

Rachel Shteir, author of the prize-winning Striptease, gives us Gypsys story from her arrival in New York in 1931 to her sojourns in Hollywood, her friendships and rivalries with writers and artists, the Sondheim musical, family memoirs that retold her history in divergent ways, and a television biopic currently in the making. With verve, audacity, and native guile, Gypsy Rose Lee moved striptease from the margins of American life to Broadway, Hollywood, and Main Street. Gypsy tells how she did it, and why.

Review:

America has but one single-name stripping legend: Gypsy. As camp as Cher, as taboo-breaking as Madonna and as popular in her time as Britney is today, Gypsy Rose Lee set a unique standard as the only bump-and-grinder who hit the Hollywood big time. Two new books, each by a female academic, chronicle the rise and immortalization of this most unusual superstar.

Born Rose Louise Hovick... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Synopsis:

"Shteir situates Gypsy Rose Lee's various career metamorphoses in terms of parallel American social and cultural transformations, from the Great Depression through the first decade of the Sexual Revolution--Katherine Liepe-Levinson, author of "Strip Show."

About the Author

Rachel Shteir is associate professor, The Theatre School, DePaul University, and author of Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show. She lives in Chicago.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300120400
Subtitle:
The Art of the Tease
Author:
Shteir, Rachel
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Stripteasers.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Stripteasers - United States
Subject:
Lee, Gypsy Rose
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Icons of America
Publication Date:
20100223
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b/w illus.
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.95 lb

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Acting
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Biographies
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Vaudeville and Burlesque

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"Synopsis" by , "Shteir situates Gypsy Rose Lee's various career metamorphoses in terms of parallel American social and cultural transformations, from the Great Depression through the first decade of the Sexual Revolution--Katherine Liepe-Levinson, author of "Strip Show."
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