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The Passing of Starr Faithfullby Jonathon Goodman
Synopses & Reviews
In this true crime reprint, Jonathan Goodman focuses his masterful detective skills on a criminal case that has inspired John O'Hara's Butterfield 8, which became a major feature film. His account of the international scandal and media brouhaha surrounding "this mystery with the wonderful name" — the inexplicable death of young and beautiful Starr Faithfull in 1931 — provides an authentic tale of the Jazz Age.
Book News Annotation:
These selected essays from two conferences held at Johns Hopkins University in 1990 and 1992 (of the same title as the volume) demonstrate how gender functions in genres of Italian literature and from the 14th century to the present. The discussions are much livelier than the theme would imply, definitely dusting off old Italian scholarship with subjects such as nudity in the Decameron, the traffic in muses of Italian painters, women's war poetry, transgressive transvestism in three scala scenarios, gender and homicide in Alba Cespedes, making the lesbian body, and a keynote address by Italian feminist Luisa Muraro on women and power.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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