The Extra Woman: Joanna Scutts in conversation with Lucy Scholes
Thursday 15th March 18:30 at London - Gower Street
Join author Joanna Scutts in conversation with critic and Bitch Lit host Lucy Scholes as she discusses The Extra Woman: How Marjorie Hillis Led a Generation of Women to Live Alone and Like It. In her exhilarating book, Scutts details the remarkable life and work of Marjorie Hillis, a New Yorker living and writing in the 1930s who not only forged the way for single working women to live happily and independently alone, but made it fashionable to do so.
More About the Book
When she became the Queen of the Live-Aloners, Marjorie Hillis was a single, fortyish minister’s daughter from Brooklyn who had spent more than twenty years on the staff of Vogue in New York. In 1936, she published a witty and quietly radical self-help book for the maligned sisterhood of 'extra women' under the blunt title Live Alone and Like It. It was an instant bestseller and made its author a household name as she taught her audience to make their own choices, mix their own cocktails, and cast off other people’s measures of life’s meaning and worth, lighting up the path to glamorous independence for midcentury women. The Extra Woman is the Live-Aloner’s story, from her 1930s heyday through the dawn of the 1960s women’s liberation movement.
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