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Nell Brinkley and the New Woman in the Early 20th Century
     

Nell Brinkley and the New Woman in the Early 20th Century

by Trina Robbins
 
The art and commentary of Nell Brinkley (1886–1944) ran in American newspapers from 1907 through the 1930s. At the height of her popularity, “The Brinkley Girl” appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies and inspired poems and popular songs. Brinkley’s name even sold hair curlers, and her delicate pen work influenced later women cartoonists. As

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The art and commentary of Nell Brinkley (1886–1944) ran in American newspapers from 1907 through the 1930s. At the height of her popularity, “The Brinkley Girl” appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies and inspired poems and popular songs. Brinkley’s name even sold hair curlers, and her delicate pen work influenced later women cartoonists. As early as 1913, Brinkley was drawing working women, from farm and factory workers to those pursuing careers, using her art to encourage decent pay, pensions, and housing for thousands of young women working for the war effort. This work covers her life and her work, which might upon first glance show pretty girls but on a closer inspection reveals a post–Victorian feminism. It also looks at her rise to popularity, the innocent sexuality of her Brinkley girls, the sugary and sentimental Betty and Billy series, and the beauty of her line drawings.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of the American Association of School Librarians
the first comprehensive, book-length study of the pioneering feminist cartoonist
examiner.com
a story well worth checking out
Sequential Tart
"excellent...very intelligent analysis...intelligently and enthusiastically brings Brinkley's story and the world of her era to brilliant life...engaging and fun to read"
From the Publisher
“the first comprehensive, book-length study of the pioneering feminist cartoonist”—Journal of the American Association of School Librarians; “a story well worth checking out”—Examiner.com; “excellent…very intelligent analysis…intelligently and enthusiastically brings Brinkley’s story and the world of her era to brilliant life…engaging and fun to read”—Sequential Tart.
Booknews
Women's comics historian Robbins (affiliation not cited) examines the life and work of Nell Brinkley (1886-1944), whose art and commentary ran in American newspapers from 1907 through the 1930s. As early as 1913, Brinkley was drawing working women and using her art to encourage decent pay, pensions, and housing for women working for the war effort. Coverage includes Brinkley's rise to popularity, the innocent sexuality of her "Brinkley girls," her line drawings, and the series. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786411511
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
05/23/2001
Pages:
155
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author

Writer and women’s comics historian Trina Robbins lives in San Francisco, California.

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