Flapper

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 America’s 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 Manhattan’s extravagant Jazz Age nightlife.

In California, where orange groves gave way to studio lots and fairytale mansions, three of America’s first celebrities—Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louise Brooks, Hollywood’s great flapper triumvirate—fired 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 America—and 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.

Baker & Taylor
Examining the lives of Lois Long, Coco Chanel, Zelda Fitzgerald, Clara Bow, and other Jazz Age luminaries, a fascinating social history traces the evolution of the new woman of the 1920s and the making of modern culture. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
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 America's 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 entree into Manhattan's extravagant Jazz Age nightlife. 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 cocktail of storytelling and big ideas, Flapper is a look at the women who launched the first truly modern decade.

Baker
& Taylor

Examining the lives of Lois Long, Coco Chanel, Zelda Fitzgerald, Clara Bow, and other Jazz Age luminaries, a social history traces the evolution of the new woman of the 1920s and the making of modern culture.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2006]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781400080533
1400080533
Branch Call Number: 920.72 Zeith 2006
Characteristics: x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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hania4987 Aug 25, 2014

"Like so many successor movements in the twentieth century, the flapper phenomenon emphasized individuality, even as it expressed itself in conformity."
-- Joshua Zeitz

ahockenbrouch Feb 12, 2012

This book is really interesting. It's not just a fun book about the party girls of yore; it's about the beginnings of youth culture driving the economy, and the shift toward populating the cities, and so much more of how the culture of that time period influenced our lives as we know them today.

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KarenW
Sep 28, 2011

If you are looking for a readable account of the changes in feminism that occurred during the 1920's, then you have found it here. Examples of this change were heralded by such celebrities like Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, "Lipstick", and Coco Chanel in a way that changed mores and society in a way that wasn't completely known until the next swinging decade - the 1960's. We seem to owe a lot to the Flapper!

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