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When I'm bad, I'm better : Mae West, sex, and American entertainment

Author: Marybeth Hamilton
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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When I'm Bad, I'm Better: Mae West, Sex, and American Entertainment is a portrait of an outrageous career that set the stage for future groundbreaking performers. Combining elements of biography, cultural analysis, and social history, author Marybeth Hamilton unmasks Mae West through the story of her public persona and the process of theatrical experimentation, commercial savvy, and sheer willpower by which West  Read more...
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Named Person: Mae West; Mae West
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marybeth Hamilton
ISBN: 0060190310 9780060190316
OCLC Number: 27816015
Description: x, 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Other Titles: When I am bad, I am better
Responsibility: Marybeth Hamilton.

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When I'm Bad, I'm Better: Mae West, Sex, and American Entertainment is a portrait of an outrageous career that set the stage for future groundbreaking performers. Combining elements of biography, cultural analysis, and social history, author Marybeth Hamilton unmasks Mae West through the story of her public persona and the process of theatrical experimentation, commercial savvy, and sheer willpower by which West constructed herself. Though she has been sentimentalized in recent years, Mae West was a truly shocking performer who transgressed boundaries and set off spectacular controversies, which encapsulated the cultural confusions of her time and have powerful resonances for our own.

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