Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation (Paperback)
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Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation (Paperback)

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For many young women, the 1920s felt like a promise of liberty. It was a period when they dared to shorten their skirts and shingle their hair, to smoke, drink, take drugs and to claim sexual freedoms. In an era of soaring stock markets, consumer expansion, urbanization and fast travel, women were reimagining both the small detail and the large ambitions of their lives. In Flappers, acclaimed biographer Judith Mackrell follows a group of six women - Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Tamara de Lempicka - who, between them, exemplified the range and daring of that generation's spirit. For them, the pursuit of experience was not just about dancing the Charleston and wearing fashionable clothes. They made themselves prominent among the artists, icons, and heroines of their age, pursuing experience in ways that their mothers could never have imagined, seeking to define what it was to be young and a woman in an age where the smashing of old certainties had thrown the world wide open. Talented, reckless and wilful, with personalities that transcended their class and background, they re-wrote their destinies in remarkable, entertaining and sometimes tragic ways. And between them they blazed the trail of the New Woman around the world.

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330529525

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Hardback edition
2nd November 2013
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“Very interesting”

Very interesting and well written book which gives a good insight into the era and the lives of these fascinating women. very glad I read it

Paperback edition
16th February 2016
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Judith Mackrell is the Guardian's dance critic and is the author of four other books, all non-fiction, and all based around dance.

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