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Gypsy: The Art of the Tease
     

Gypsy: The Art of the Tease

by Rachel Shteir
 

ISBN-10: 0300164483

ISBN-13: 9780300164480

Pub. Date: 02/23/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

A true icon of America at a turning point in its history, Gypsy Rose Lee was the first—and the only—stripper to become a household name, write novels, and win the adulation of intellectuals, bankers, socialites, and ordinary Americans. Her outrageous blend of funny-smart sex symbol with the aura of high culture—she boasted that she liked to read

Overview

A true icon of America at a turning point in its history, Gypsy Rose Lee was the first—and the only—stripper to become a household name, write novels, and win the adulation of intellectuals, bankers, socialites, and ordinary Americans. Her outrageous blend of funny-smart sex symbol with the aura of high culture—she boasted that she liked to read Great Books and listen to classical music while taking off her clothes on-stage—inspired a musical, memoirs, a portrait by Max Ernst, and a species of rose. Gypsy is the first book about Gypsy Rose Lee’s life, fame, and place in America not written by a family member, and it reveals her deep impact on the social and cultural transformations taking shape during her life.

Rachel Shteir, author of the prize-winning Striptease, gives us Gypsy’s story from her arrival in New York in 1931 to her sojourns in Hollywood, her friendships and rivalries with writers and artists, the Sondheim musical, family memoirs that retold her history in divergent ways, and a television biopic currently in the making. With verve, audacity, and native guile, Gypsy Rose Lee moved striptease from the margins of American life to Broadway, Hollywood, and Main Street. Gypsy tells how she did it, and why.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300164480
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/23/2010
Series:
Icons of America Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.17(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION "Particles, Legends, Romance"....................1
ONE Undressing the Family Romance....................10
TWO The Queen of Striptease....................31
THREE To Hollywood and Back....................83
FOUR The Rise and Fall of the Striptease Intellectual....................103
FIVE Selling Striptease....................151
Conclusion....................185
Acknowledgments....................191
Notes....................193
Bibliography....................205
Index....................211
Credits....................221

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