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The Tastemaker : Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America

Author: Edward White
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"A revealing biography of the influential and controversial cultural titan who embodied an era, The Tastemaker explores the many lives of Carl Van Vechten, the most influential cultural impresario of the early twentieth century: a patron and dealmaker of the Harlem Renaissance, a photographer who captured the era's icons, and a novelist who created some of the Jazz Age's most salacious stories. A close confidant of
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: Carl Van Vechten; Carl Van Vechten; Carl Van Vechten
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward White
ISBN: 9780374201579 0374201579 0374708819 9780374708818
OCLC Number: 846545238
Description: 377 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Gilded age: a tale of yesterday --
The cosmopolitan standard of virtue --
The shudder of fascination --
A certain sensuous charm --
How to read Gertrude Stein --
In defense of bad taste --
What one is forced by nature to do --
An entirely new kind of negro --
Exotic material --
Cruel sophistication --
A quite gay, but empty, bubble that dazzles one in bursting --
Papa Woojums --
Yale may not think so, but it'll be just jolly.
Responsibility: Edward White.
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