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

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Flapper is a dazzling look at the women who heralded a radical change in American culture and launched the first truly modern decade.

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.

Flapper is an inside look at the 1920s. With tales of Coco Chanel, the French orphan who redefined the feminine form; Lois Long, the woman who christened herself "Lipstick" and gave New Yorker readers a thrilling entrée into Manhattan's extravagant Jazz Age nightlife; three of America's first celebrities: Clara Bow, Colleen Moore, and Louise Brooks; Dallas-born fashion artist Gordon Conway; Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, whose swift ascent and spectacular fall embodied the glamour and excess of the era; and more, 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.

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 1920s to exhilarating life.
Publisher: New York :, Three Rivers Press,, [2007]
Edition: First paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781400080540
Branch Call Number: 305.420973 ZE
Characteristics: x, 338 pages : illustrations ; 21 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.

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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