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Author: Sherill Tippins
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of an extraordinary experiment in communal living, one involving young but already iconic writers--and the country's best-known burlesque performer--in a house in Brooklyn during 1940 and 1941. It was a fevered yearlong party fueled by the appetites of youth and by the shared sense of urgency to take action as artists in the months before America entered the war. In spite of the sheer intensity, the house  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biographies
Named Person: Carson McCullers; W H Auden; Benjamin Britten; Jane Bowles; Gypsy Rose Lee; Paul Bowles; Carson McCullers; W H Auden; Benjamin Britten; Jane Auer Bowles; Gypsy Rose Lee; Paul Bowles; W H Auden; Jane Bowles; Paul Bowles; Benjamin Britten; Gypsy Rose Lee; Carson McCullers
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sherill Tippins
ISBN: 061841911X 9780618419111
OCLC Number: 57405991
Description: xiv, 317 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The house on the hill : June-November 1940 --
The bawdy house : December 1940-February 1941 --
The house of genius : March-December 1941.
Responsibility: Sherill Tippins.
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The story of an extraordinary experiment in communal living, one involving young but already iconic writers--and the country's best-known burlesque performer--in a house in Brooklyn during 1940 and 1941. It was a fevered yearlong party fueled by the appetites of youth and by the shared sense of urgency to take action as artists in the months before America entered the war. In spite of the sheer intensity, the house was for its residents a creative crucible. Carson McCullers's two masterpieces, The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, were born here. Gypsy Rose Lee, workmanlike by day, party girl by night, wrote her book The G-String Murders in her bedroom. W.H. Auden, who along with Benjamin Britten was being excoriated at home in England for absenting himself from the war, presided over the house like a peevish auntie, collecting rent money and dispensing romantic advice. And yet all the while he was composing some of the most important work of his career.

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