Pretty Things The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens

Goldwyn, Liz

Published by It Books, 2006
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Synopsis: “The most comprehensive study on the era of burlesque.” —V Magazine

Training her journalist’s eye on the glitter and glamour of American burlesque’s Greatest Generation, Liz Goldwyn takes readers on an enthralling tour of the original queens of the striptease. Goldwyn’s incisive expose is a retrospective of the sights and spectacles of burlesque’s golden age—and an intimate look at the women whose sexuality, ambition, and verve brought the cabaret stage to life. Today, as burlesque enters a heady resurgence worldwide—with festivals around the globe, popular books like Burlesque Fetish and The Burlesque Handbook, and even a School of Burlesque in New York City—Pretty Things offers a unique and exciting look at its formative past and its earliest heroines.

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Liz Goldwyn's lifelong fascination with the inimitable glamour of classic burlesque inspired her to spend the past eight years corresponding with, visiting, interviewing, receiving striptease lessons from, and forming close relationships with the last generation of the great American burlesque queeens. Goldwyn invites us to step back into an era when the hourglass figure was in vogue and striptease was a true art form.

Meet Betty "Ball of Fire" Rowland, who was known for her flaming red hair and bump–and–grind routines. (It turns out she once sued the author's grandfather, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., for using her stage name and costume in his Hollywood picture, Ball of Fire.)

Meet Sherry Britton, who, with her long black hair and curvy, trim physique, was among the most stunning of the burlesque stars before Mayor LaGuardia outlawed burlesque in New York.

Meet Zorita, whose sexually explicit "Consummation of the Wedding of the Snake" dance (performed with a live snake) and other daring performances earned her legendary status.

Goldwyn draws back the curtain to reveal the personal journeys of yesteryear's icons of female sexuality and power, restoring their legacy to an age that has all but forgotten them–despite today's resurgence of burlesque.

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Title: Pretty Things The Last Generation of ...
Publisher: It Books
Publication Date: 2006
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Very Good
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Book Description Regan/HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., New York, 2006. Cloth Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. 1st printing. An erotic, provocative LITERARY and PHOTOGRAPHIC chronicle of American burlesque queens. Moderate horizontal 4 1/2" crease on cloth front cover, elsewise, a bright, clean, tight copy sans other flaws. From the author's Introduction: "In America, burlesque is best known as a form of entertainment that was popular in the first half of the twentieth century and later died with the advent of television and mass communications. American burlesque gained momentum in the late 1800s, when the cities were flooded with immigrants who lacked a common language or form of communal entertainment. The existing American theatrical experience was geared toward the intellectual upper crust, as plays were performed in Anglo-English. Thus, burlesque was born as an alternative to the theater of the bourgeoisie-a truly working class form of entertainment whose subject matter was of a universal nature-physical satire, jokes about the body, and a tinge of sex." PROLIFICALLY ILLUSTRATED in black-and-white and full-color photography of burlesque queens and burlesque-related images (many full-page), with accompanying descriptive captions. Further on in her Introduction Liz Goldwyn (granddaughter of Hollywood mogul Samuel Goldwyn) exclaims: "The American burlesque queen first captured my interest and admiration because their particular disregard for social protocol seemed rebellious in an era when women had few career choices. While collecting their biographies, I discovered numerous examples of their forbearers: early Parisian burlesque queens from La Belle Epoque. La Belle Epoque, 1871 to 1914, the period of decadent splendor between the liberation of France from the monarchy and the start of World War I, was also known as the "age of women." These decades were marked by true adoration of the female form and all its charms." 285 pages. NOTE: Due to the large size and weight significant additional shipping cost will be requested/required for OUT-OF-U.S. shipment in accordance with country of destination. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 014221

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