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Mae West : an icon in Black and white

Author: Jill Watts
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the life and times of Mae West, from her early years in Brooklyn to her success on stage and in film, and argues that the sexy and humorous persona for which she is known was based on elements from African American culture.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Mae West; Mae West; Mae West
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jill Watts
ISBN: 0195105478 9780195105476
OCLC Number: 123141930
Description: x, 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: They were too smart --
The way she does it --
Shimadonna --
Speaking of the influence of the jook --
You can be had --
The subject of the dream --
Good night to the dichotomies --
If you can't go straight, you've got to go around --
Naturally I disagree --
Bring me Rabelais --
A glittering facsimile --
I had them all --
I wrote the story myself --
Really a prologue.
Responsibility: Jill Watts.

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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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