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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (605 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marion Meade Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is an exuberant group portrait of four extraordinary writers—Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber—whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors captured the spirit of the 1920s.

Marion Meade re-creates the aura of excitement, romance, and promise of the 1920s, when these literary heroines did what they wanted, said what they thought, and kicked open the door for twentieth-century women, setting a new model for every woman trying to juggle the serious issues of economic independence, political power, and sexual freedom. But Meade also brings to light the anxiety and despair that lurked beneath the nonstop partying and outrageous behavior. She describes the men who influenced them, loved them, and sometimes betrayed them. And while she describes their social and literary triumphs, she also writes movingly of the penances they paid. A vibrant mixture of literary scholarship, social history, and scandal, Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin is a rich evocation of an era that will forever intrigue and captivate us.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is gossip taken to the highest, cosmic level, a social movement explained in terms of trivial detail that makes everything ‘real.’”

    Washington Post

  • “Reading Meade’s book is like looking at a photo album while listening to a witty insider reminisce about the images. Her writing is bright, her language charged with gritty details…Instead of portraying them as austere literary figures, Meade makes the women seem like part of the family.”

    San Francisco Chronicle   

  • “An extraordinarily intriguing production, beautifully read by Lorna Raver…Raver’s sensitivity and insight into four very different artistic women broadens our knowledge and understanding of them.”


  • “Edged with flapper flair, Raver’s husky tones and delicately turned intonations are a strong match for Meade’s biographies.”


  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Booklist Editors’ Choice, May 2005

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gloria Frankowski | 2/11/2014

    " Loved! If you liked Zelda (Zelda Fitzgerald's bio), you'll love this. I found these ladies utterly relatable and the book reads more like a novel than a biography. Of course, as is my usual criticism, I would have loved to see more pictures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Treasure | 1/26/2014

    " It's like reading Entertainment Weekly in the 1920s-- brain candy mixed with literature and history. Yum! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Timothy Hallinan | 1/24/2014

    " Very entertaining look at the female writers of the twenties -- especially Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edna Ferber, and Zelda Fitzgerald. Written in a clear and lively style with lots of dish and (especially in the sections about Parker) some laugh-out-loud material. Makes an interesting case for the reason the Roaring Twenties produced such a prominent cast of female writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by ~Geektastic~ | 1/20/2014

    " One of my all-time favorite books about Bohemian life in the early 20th century. I read this my Freshman year of college, and I think it partially informed my choice of becoming an art major. "

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