Flappers by Judith Mackrell

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...there is a limit to how many times you can read about parties at which someone rode in on a baby elephant or wore gold-laced slippers or said something witty that they had almost certainly been rehearsing for days.
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A gripping biography of six extraordinary women who, in their very different ways, epitomise the decade they came of age - the 1920s Glamorized, mythologized and demonized - the women of the 1920s prefigured the 1960s in their determination to reinvent the way they lived. Flappers 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. Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Tamara de Lempicka were far from typical flappers. Although they danced the Charleston, wore fashionable clothes and partied with the rest of their peers, they made themselves prominent among the artists, icons, and heroines of their age. Talented, reckless and willful, with personalities that transcended their class and background, they re-wrote their destinies in remarkable, entertaining and tragic ways. And between them they blazed the trail of the New Woman around the world.
 

About Judith Mackrell

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Judith Mackrell is a celebrated dance critic, writing first for the Independent and now for the Guardian. Her biography of the Russian ballerina Lydia Lopokova, Bloomsbury Ballerina, was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. She has also appeared on television and radio, as well as writing on dance, co-authoring The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. She lives in London with her family.
 
Published January 14, 2014 by Sarah Crichton Books. 521 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History.
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Reviewed by Kathryn Hughes on Jun 01 2013

Like so much in this slickly enjoyable book, the deeper questions tend to bounce off the mirrored surface. What Mackrell does do, though, is give us a series of catchy stories about shiny lives getting smudged...

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Reviewed by Helen Zaltzman on Jun 09 2013

...of which Judith Mackrell's Flappers is likely to be one of the better ones. Between the first world war and the great depression, a new breed of woman briefly flourished, rebelling against traditional female roles: the flapper.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Hughes on May 31 2013

...there is a limit to how many times you can read about parties at which someone rode in on a baby elephant or wore gold-laced slippers or said something witty that they had almost certainly been rehearsing for days.

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