Sister to sister: in the days of Brother to Brother, New York's wild women held their own.
All-Night Party Sporting the slogan, "Get Down, America!", the All-Night Party was a fictional political party created by Steve Gerber. It appeared in Gerber's Howard the Duck series for Marvel Comics during the U.S. : The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village Greenwich Village (grĕn`ĭch), residential district of lower Manhattan, New York City, extending S from 14th St. to Houston St. and W from Washington Square to the Hudson River. and Harlem, 1913-1930 * Andrea Barnet * Algonquin * $16.95
"Life should be ecstasy," the writer Margaret Anderson once said to her lover Jane Heap. Heap replied, "Why limit me to ecstasy?" That exchange perfectly captures the madcap spirit of All-Night Party, Andrea Barnet's glimpse into the salons, nightclubs, and rollicking rol·lick·ing
Carefree and high-spirited; boisterous: a rollicking celebration.
rol parties of the teens and '20s. where some of America's wildest women tested ecstasy's limits.
In Greenwich Village, some, like poet Edna St. Vincent Millay Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American lyrical poet and playwright and the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. She was also known for her unconventional, bohemian lifestyle and her many love affairs. , had stormy affairs with members of both sexes. Others, like novelist Djuna Barnes. lived lives of dyke drama in a community that was as incestuous in·ces·tu·ous
1. Of, involving, or suggestive of incest.
2. Having committed incest. as any group of lesbians today.
Up in Harlem, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and Ethel Waters were "in the life" with varying degrees of openness. Once, caught partying with naked girls, Rainey was thrown in jail. Smith--already struggling to keep her own thing for chorus girls secret from her husband--had to come down and bail her out.