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Author: Jill Watts
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English
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Unravels the enigmatic life of Mae West, tracing her early years spent in the Brooklyn, and following her journey through burlesque, vaudeville, and finally, to Hollywood. Throughout, it poses the question, were Mae West's partially African-American ancestry the root of the persona she portrayed on screen?
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Named Person: Mae West
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jill Watts
ISBN: 0195105478 9780195105476
OCLC Number: 851818306
Language Note: English.
Description: x, 374 pages, [16] pages of plates ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue; 1. The Biggest and the Best; 2. The Way She Does It; 3. Shimmadona; 4. Speaking of the Influences of the Jook; 5. You Can Be Had; 6. The Subject of the Dream; 7. Goodnight to the Dichotomies; 8. IF You Can't Go Straight, You've Got to Go Round; 9. Naturally, I Disagree; 10. Bring Me Rabelais; 11. Well, Why Ask?; 12. You're Never Too Old to Be Younger; Epilogue: All My Past is Really a Prologue; Notes

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"Why don't you come up and see me sometime?" Mae West invited and promptly captured the imagination of generations. This work unravels the enigmatic life of Mae West, tracing her early years spent in  Read more...

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"This book is engagingly written. Watts's research is prodigious and she writes with acuity and verve."--The Times of London"An incisive and vivid portrait that focuses on the enormous influence Read more...

 
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