Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin


About the Book

An exuberant group portrait of four extraordinary writers - Dorothy Parker, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Edna Ferber - whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors captured the spirit of the 1920s.



Marion Meade recreates the aura of excitement, romance, and promise of the 1920s, a decade celebrated for cultural innovation - the birth of jazz, the beginning of modernism - and social and sexual liberation, bringing to light, as well, the anxiety and despair that lurked beneath the nonstop partying and outrageous, unconventional behavior. The literary heroines in Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin did what they wanted, said what they thought. They drank gallons of cocktails and knew how to have fun in New York, the Riviera, and Hollywood, where they met and played with all the people worth knowing. They kicked open the door for twentieth-century female writers and set a new model for every woman trying to juggle the serious issues of economic independence, political power, and sexual freedom.

In a style and tone that perfectly captures the jazzy rhythms and desperate gaiety that defined the era, Meade tells the individual stories of Parker, Fitzgerald, Millay, and Ferber, traces the intersections of their lives, and describes the men - including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edmund Wilson, Harold Ross, and Robert Benchley - who influenced them, loved them, and sometimes betrayed them. She describes their social and literary triumphs and writes movingly of the penances they paid: the crumbled love affairs, abortions, depression, lost beauty, nervous breakdowns, and finally, overdoses and even madness.

Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle.

 



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