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Century Girl

Century Girl

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by Lauren Redniss
     
 

The Ziegfeld Follies, Florenz Ziegfeld's stage spectacular, promised the best performers, the most lavish sets, and the most ravishing girls. At fourteen, Doris Eaton Travis became one of these prized beauties.

Over the past century, Doris has performed for presidents and princesses, entertained Gershwin, Lindbergh, and Astaire, starred in silent and talking

Overview

The Ziegfeld Follies, Florenz Ziegfeld's stage spectacular, promised the best performers, the most lavish sets, and the most ravishing girls. At fourteen, Doris Eaton Travis became one of these prized beauties.

Over the past century, Doris has performed for presidents and princesses, entertained Gershwin, Lindbergh, and Astaire, starred in silent and talking pictures, bantered with Babe Ruth, offended Henry Ford, outlived six siblings, written a newspaper column, hosted a television show, earned a Phi Beta Kappa degree in history, raised turkeys, and raced horses. Doris has lived through it all with utmost grace and strength of character—and never missed a step.

While Today, The Tonight Show, CNN, Rosie O'Donnell, 20/20 and the New York Times have all showcased Doris, journalist and artist Lauren Redniss tells Doris's singular story in an utterly original way. Weaving archival imagery with compelling prose, Redniss has created a narrative landscape that is as surreal and delightful as it is rich with meaning.

Immensely fun, seductive, inspiring, and wise (much like its star attraction, Doris Eaton Travis), Century Girl is an innovation in storytelling. It can be read as a graphic narrative or a historical tapestry, or simply relished for its stunning visual effect.

Editorial Reviews

Slate (best books of 2006 pick)
“My favorite new book this year. . . a visually dazzling melange. . . unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”
Daily News
“Lauren Redniss takes a graphically provocative approach in telling [Doris Eaton Travis’s] story.”
Nylon magazine
“With Century Girl, Lauren Redniss creates an entirely new genre of biography.”
Slate
"My favorite new book this year. . . a visually dazzling melange. . . unlike anything I’ve ever seen before."
Nylon Magazine
"With Century Girl, Lauren Redniss creates an entirely new genre of biography."
Isaac Mizrahi
“Not only did Doris Eaton Travis break records for accomplishment and humanity, she also had great hair and shoes.”
Lawrence Weschler
“The opposite of a page-turner: it’s a page-stopper, a page-savorer, in short: an unmitigated delight.”
Nils Hanson
“Doris Eaton is the darling of Broadway, a New York treasure.”
Maira Kalman
“I wish Lauren Redniss would write and illustrate my biography in the dreamy, luminous way she did Doris Eaton Travis’s.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061241505
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/24/2006
Edition description:
Limited Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
10.18(w) x 14.00(h) x 1.40(d)

What People are saying about this

Isaac Mizrahi
“Not only did Doris Eaton Travis break records for accomplishment and humanity, she also had great hair and shoes.”
Maira Kalman
“I wish Lauren Redniss would write and illustrate my biography in the dreamy, luminous way she did Doris Eaton Travis’s.”
Nils Hanson
“Doris Eaton is the darling of Broadway, a New York treasure.”
Lawrence Weschler
“The opposite of a page-turner: it’s a page-stopper, a page-savorer, in short: an unmitigated delight.”

Meet the Author

Lauren Redniss is the author of Century Girl: 100 years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies and Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout, a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for non fiction. Her writing and drawing has appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, which nominated her work for the Pulitzer Prize. She was a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars & Writers at the New York Public Library in 2008-2009 and became a New York Institute for the Humanities fellow in 2010. Beginning in 2012, she will be artist-in-residence at the American Museum of Natural History. She teaches at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City.

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Century Girl 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
daring, intricate, beautiful, story telling at its best and most original. One of the most beautiful books I have ever read, not only is the subject matter amazing but art, photo's and narrative are superb as well.