Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies

Century Girl: 100 Years in the Life of Doris Eaton Travis, Last Living Star of the Ziegfeld Follies

by Lauren Redniss
     
 

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Lauren Redniss, acclaimed author of the brilliant biography-in-collage Radioactive, delivers a stunning visual journey through the life of the last Ziegfeld girl, Doris Eaton Travis. Now in paperback for the first time, Century Girl spans the brightest moments in early show business, the major historical landmarks of the 20th century, and the intimate

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Lauren Redniss, acclaimed author of the brilliant biography-in-collage Radioactive, delivers a stunning visual journey through the life of the last Ziegfeld girl, Doris Eaton Travis. Now in paperback for the first time, Century Girl spans the brightest moments in early show business, the major historical landmarks of the 20th century, and the intimate milestones of one woman’s long life. Incorporating hundreds of archival photos and personal clippings with inventive line drawings and a compelling, hand-written narrative, Century Girl is a more than a biography, more than a graphic novel, and more than an art book—it is a singularly original and major work of art that Slate magazine calls “a visually dazzling mélange . . . unlike anything . . . ever seen before” (Best Books of 2006).

Editorial Reviews

Nylon magazine
“With Century Girl, Lauren Redniss creates an entirely new genre of biography.”
Daily News
“Lauren Redniss takes a graphically provocative approach in telling [Doris Eaton Travis’s] story.”
Slate (best books of 2006 pick)
“My favorite new book this year. . . a visually dazzling melange. . . unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.”
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.”
For Doris Eaton Travis, her first century was the most eventful. Born in 1905, she remains the oldest living Ziegfield girl and continued to danced on Broadway until the age of 99. Lauren Redniss's Century Girl describes Travis's performing career (which began at 14), as well as her encounters with various American presidents, Gershwin, Lindbergh, Astaire, and Babe Ruth. An editorial cartoonist as well as an author, Redniss has hand-designed 100 collage spreads for this book, highlighting Eaton's amazing life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062104885
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/17/2012
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
696,829
Product dimensions:
7.34(w) x 10.94(h) x 0.62(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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