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Capital of the world : a portrait of New York City in the Roaring Twenties

Author: David Wallace, (Journalist)
Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Looks at the history of nineteen twenties New York City through anecdotes and profiles of people who personified the decade, including Lucky Luciano, Jimmy Walker, Polly Adler, Arturo Toscanini, Alexander Woollcott, and Dorothy Parker.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Wallace, (Journalist)
ISBN: 9780762770106 0762770104 9780762780150 0762780150
OCLC Number: 666237647
Description: xiii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Gentleman Jim." Part I. The good times mayor: Jimmy Walker --
Prohibition: Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club --
The rise of the mafia. Part I. The three M's: Morello, Masseria, and Maranzano --
The Rise of the mafia. Part II. Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano --
America's most famous madam: Polly Adler --
Queen of the nightclubs: Texas Guinan --
The birth of gossip journalism: Walter Winchell --
America's conflicted queen of vaudeville and comedy: Fanny Brice --
The rise of radio: David Sarnoff --
Dance: The charleston, the black bottom, and Martha Graham --
High Cs and high jinks: Classical music's biggest Scandal: Arturo Toscanini Geraldine Farrar --
Literature of the 1920s. Part I.F. Scott Fitzgerald --
Literature of the 1920s. Part II. Edith Wharton, Anita Loos and Eugene O'Neill --
The Round Table: Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, Robert Sherwood, Franklin P. Adams, Marc Connelly, Harold Ross, and Dorothy Parker --
The witty critic: Dorothy Parker --
The magazines: Henry Luce and Briton Hadden and Time, and Harold Ross and the New Yorker --
New York's lesbian subculture --
Interior design pioneer: Elsie de Wolfe --
The Harlem Renaissance: The Cotton Club, Bessie Smith, and the Harlem Renaissance --
Sports: Bill Tilden and Babe Ruth --
The Ticker-Tape parade: Grover T. Whalen --
"Gentleman Jim." Part II. The party's over: Mayor Jimmy Walker --
The crash and the sign of a better tomorrow: The Chrysler building and architect William Van Alen.
Responsibility: David Wallace.
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