Eve Golden has again taken a famous figure we thought we knew and surprised us with exciting new details. Although the book profiles both Vernon and Irene Castle, king and queen of the ragtime dance craze of the 1910s, it is the latter's fame that endured and which draws the reader to this well-written, carefully researched biography. The importance of the Castles in the popular culture of their era cannot be overestimated and this book puts their celebrity, success and private lives in commendable perspective. It is a must-read for anybody enthralled by dance, fashion, theatre and the history of society in the early 20th century.
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