First American edition.
xiii, 488 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Originally published: Great Britain : Macmillan, 2013.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 445-469) and index.
Diana -- Nancy -- Tamara -- Tallulah -- Zelda -- Josephine -- Diana -- Tallulah -- Nancy -- Zelda -- Tamara -- Josephine.
The forefront British dance critic and award-nominated author of Bloomsbury Ballerina presents a revisionist assessment of the movement that shattered the boundaries of conventional femininity through the lives of six figures that exemplified it, including Lady Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Tamara de Lempicka. Glamorised, mythologised and demonised, the women of the 1920s prefigured the 1960s in their determination to reinvent the way they lived. This is in part a biography of that restless generation: starting with its first fashionable acts of rebellion just before the Great War, and continuing through to the end of the decade when the Wall Street crash signal led another cataclysmic world change. It focuses on six women who between them exemplified the range and daring of that generation's spirit, women who, in their very different ways, epitomise the decade in which they came of age, the 1920s.