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Flapper — Joshua Zeitz

But flapepr really gets its coherence from a focus on a handful of individuals who created or embodied flapperdom: Whisking us zeutz the Alabama country club where Zelda Sayre first caught the eye of F. We all know what we picture when we hear the word ‘flapper’ – tall, willowy women, with knife-edge cheekbones, rouged lips and cheeks, a black bob, in loose-fitting tube dresses, dropped waists, low backs. It packs in a lot of information. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Hoboken, New Jersey.

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He looks at some of the key figures who most seemed to embody the concept of the flapper, those who helped to create and shape it – women like Zelda Fitzgerald, who more than anyone was probably the first flapper, Coco Chanel, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow. These women were financed by men – fathers, husbands and boyfriends who traded meals and joshya clothes for company and perhaps more.

There was literally no way for you to do a man’s work, because your clothes wouldn’t let you. The last part focuses on the American cinema and the magic influence of Hollywood.


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More important, she earned her own keep, controlled There were so many fascinating things that I finally carried around a pack of those mini post-it flags and marked the pages I wanted to remember. The discussion of the conservative and racial backlash of the era thing I did not know: I bought this book after reading a biography of Zelda Fitzgerald. View all 13 comments.

My only complaint is the limitation of flapper influence, and direct artistic involvements during the Roaring Twenties, such as: 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 s to exhilarating life. There’s nothing particularly new here, but it’s a nice addition to anyone’s shelf who is fascinated by the 20s. Learn how to do the Charleston in just a few easy steps.

There are other figures, movers and shakers and image makers, but those seven are the ones who get real pagetime, the ones who stay with you. As a non-working class Victorian woman you wore layers upon layers of constricting and stifling cloth, even in summer. Refresh and try again. The book doesn’t deign to explain, and yet we are told about his lack of fashion, incredible jealousy, and other winning traits of this literary “hero.

flappper Coco Chanel was fascinating, I never realised how revolutionary her designs were, or how far she climbed. That is, the rise of the Jazz Age’s New Woman: But now, just a few years later, I’m much more cynical, and it doesn’t really seem that the flappers were trying to make a point of any kind. The book also gave me an inside look at Coco Chanel.

I would have happily sacrificed some of the endless pages devoted to the Flappper to get more of Brooks. His time credited him with either creating the Flapper or being the greatest authority on her, but then his time was probably scrambling for a male voice to contain and explain the New Woman, even as irreverent and encouraging a one as F.


The New Woman of the s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. A fairly informative read and a pretty good view of the big societal shake-up that happened from the late ‘s to the late ‘s.

Scott Fitzgerald as the “king of the flappers and spokesperson of the so-called “Lost generation. My two minor complaints were that–and this is mostly a matter of taste–I wanted a little more i I thought this was a load of fun, and I thought it brought up some interesting points that don’t always come up when reading about life in the Twenties such as the question of miserable wages for zeeitz and minorities even as ready-made clothes became available and standards of living f,apperzeeitz from the perspective of the Twenties aficionado and armchair historian, I would have liked more depth.

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

And, Joshua Zeitz, if you are reading this, when is your next book coming out? Books by Joshua Zeitz. Stay in Touch Sign up. The dominant motif of the flapper dress is free and easy lines.