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Lost Girls: The Invention of the Flapper Hardcover – 1 Aug 2017

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  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (1 Aug. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780238126
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780238128
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'To read Linda Simon's social and literary history of flappers is to feel . . . the relief of the loosening of corsets, the excitement of the shimmy and tango in the dance hall, the thrill of smoking, the bliss of escape from detested chaperoning rules and the swooning effect of watching Rudolph Valentino on the silent screen . . .' --The Times

'Social anxieties have a way of coalescing around young women's bodies, Linda Simon demonstrates in Lost Girls, her riveting, deeply-researched counter-history of the flapper. Behind the beads, the bob, the fringe, and the Charleston, there is a much darker story to be told.' --Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice, and London

'Lost Girls finds an irresistible history of many girls. They longed to be modern, New Women, and in the Jazz Age, transgressive flappers. They wanted to dance, go to the movies, dress freely, work, be independent, and even vote. Arrayed against them were parents, scientists, politicians, and an imprisoning cult of motherhood. Linda Simon, with verve and wit and eloquence, shows us their battles, scars, and victories - a vibrant legacy for the 21st century.' --Catharine R. Stimpson, University Professor, New York University

About the Author

Linda Simon is Professor of English Emerita at Skidmore College, New York, and author of The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus (2014) and Coco Chanel (2011), both published by Reaktion.



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