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Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin; Writers Running Wild in the Twenties.

BOBBED HAIR AND BATHTUB GIN; WRITERS RUNNING WILD IN THE TWENTIES. Marion Meade. 2004. Read by Lorna Raver. 9 cds. 11 hrs. Blackstone Audiobooks. 0-7861-8298-9. $81.00. Vinyl; content, author notes. A

The lives, loves, witty remarks, anxieties, literary output, and tragedies of Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber are exhaustively detailed in this catty, chatty, gossipy, engaging story. During that decade Dorothy Parker is fired by Vanity Fair as its drama critic and her marriage to a drunk and morphine addict is not a happy one. Edna St. Vincent Millay has sexual encounters with any man available, gets pregnant, has an abortion and is depressed for some reason; Zelda Fitzgerald marries Scott, runs up huge hotel bills, shops till she drops, and loses her mind. Edna Ferber lives in a hotel with her mother, writes successful fiction with difficulty, writes plays that fail, and frets over her lack of money and her ugliness.

This is an excellent book for AP English/ history students interested in the decade. Raver reads with verve, bringing to life these remarkable women and their peers. Janet Julian, English Teacher, Grafton, MA

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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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