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The extra woman : how Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to live alone and like it

Author: Joanna Scutts
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Presents a cultural history of independent single women between the 1920s and the 1950s through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
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Named Person: Marjorie Hillis Roulston; Marjorie Hillis Roulston; Marjorie Hillis Roulston
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanna Scutts
ISBN: 9781631492730 163149273X
OCLC Number: 1000526822
Description: 335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Solitary splendor --
"Something to get your teeth into" --
(Not) a question of money --
Setting for a solo act --
Work ends at nightfall --
Mad about New York --
Rosie and Mrs. Roulston --
Starting all over.
Responsibility: Joanna Scutts.

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From the flapper to The Feminine Mystique, a cultural history of single women in the city through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis.  Read more...

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