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Gangsters and gold diggers : old New York, the Jazz Age, and the birth of Broadway

Author: Jerome Charyn
Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Once upon a time Broadway was just another street. In Gangsters & Gold Diggers, Jerome Charyn transports readers back to a swaggering, golden era in American life - the Roaring Twenties - when Broadway suddenly exploded into Broadway."
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jerome Charyn
ISBN: 1568582781 9781568582788
OCLC Number: 52418239
Description: ix, 278 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The Grey Ghost --
Fast and Furious --
The Milk and Cookie Man --
Madden and Monk --
"She's a Chandelier" --
The Man with the Golden Grin --
The Wild Comanche --
Rosebud and Mr. Brice --
Theatre Thirteen.
Other Titles: Gangsters & gold diggers
Responsibility: Jerome Charyn.

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"Once upon a time Broadway was just another street. In Gangsters & Gold Diggers, Jerome Charyn transports readers back to a swaggering, golden era in American life - the Roaring Twenties - when Broadway suddenly exploded into Broadway."

"Damon Runyon was the first chronicler of the Big Street. He created the myth of Broadway, invented the "slanguage." The Ziegfeld Follies became its most important institution - everybody, including Zelda Fitzgerald, wanted to be a Follies Girl. Then came Lindy's, a delicatessen and hangout for actors, bootleggers, singers, hustlers, chorus girls, and celebrities.

Charyn looks at the men and women who helped make Broadway the most glamorous place on the planet, from Mae West to Fanny Brice, Legs Diamond to Irving Berlin, Louise Brooks to William Randolph Hearst, Scott Fitzgerald to Arnold Rothstein and the Gatsby-like gangster Owen Madden, and many more."--Jacket.

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