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The Barbizon

The Barbizon

Fame, Fortune and Feminism: the Extraordinary Women of New York's Barbizon Hotel

by Paulina Bren
Hardback
Publication Date: 18/03/2021
  $46.95

AS HEARD ON RADIO 4 WOMAN'S HOUR
'Captivating ... a brilliant many-layered social history of women's ambition and a rapidly changing New York' Observer
'A fascinating look at a piece of forgotten female history' Sunday Times
'A treat, elegantly spinning a forgotten story of female liberation, ambition and self-invention' Guardian
'A deeply researched history, leavened with gossip ... offers a full sweep of the changing status of American women in the twentieth century' TLS

WELCOME TO THE BARBIZON, NEW YORK'S PREMIER WOMEN-ONLY HOTEL
Built in 1927 as a home for the 'Modern Woman' seeking a career in the arts, the Barbizon became the place to stay for ambitious, independent women, who were lured by the promise of fame and good fortune. Sylvia Plath fictionalized her time there in The Bell Jar, and over the years, its 688 tiny floral 'highly feminine boudoirs' also housed Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly (notorious for sneaking in men), Joan Didion, Candice Bergen, Charlie's Angel Jaclyn Smith, Ali MacGraw, Cybil Shepherd, Elaine Stritch, Liza Minnelli, Eudora Welty, The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad, Grey Gardens's Edith Bouvier Beale, and writers Mona Simpson and Ann Beattie, among many others. Mademoiselle boarded its summer interns there - perfectly turned-out young women, who would never be spotted hatless - as did Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School its students - in their white-gloves and kitten heels - and the Ford Modelling Agency its young models.

THE BARBIZON is a colourful, glamorous portrait of the lives of the young women, who -- from the Jazz Age New Women of the 1920s to the Liberated Women of the 1960s -- came to New York looking for something more.
'The story of the Barbizon is in many ways the story of American women in the twentieth century' Economist
'Illuminating . . . this vivid, well researched account is testament to its vibrant history and the women who made it such a powerhouse' Daily Express

ISBN:
9781529393026
9781529393026
Category:
Social & cultural history
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
18-03-2021
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
238x160x34mm
Paulina Bren

Paulina Bren is a professor at Vassar College in New York, where she teaches international studies, gender, and media. She is the author of a prize-winning book about soap operas and communism behind the Iron Curtain and co-editor of a collection on consumerism in the Eastern Bloc. Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Paulina spent her childhood in the U.K. before moving to the United States.

She attended Wesleyan University as an undergraduate, later receiving an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in History from New York University. She has held a host of research grants and fellowships, including residencies in Berlin, Budapest, Vienna, and Atlanta. She currently lives in the Bronx with her husband and daughter.

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