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Naked at the Feast: A Biography of Josephine Baker Paperback – August, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Book Ltd (August 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0860519651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0860519652
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,200,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The middle-aged librarian at my local library kept a straight face but I wondered what went through her mind. You see, I'd just taken out a copy of Lynn Hanley's "Naked at the Feast" biography - the original edition with Picasso's beautiful portrait of Josephine, nude in all her glory. To onlookers, the cover resembled an erotic art collection.

Some 30 years after Paris bid its final farewell to one of its brightest stars, interest in Josephine Baker's life and career remains high. La Baker's meteoric rise from the slums of St Louis in America to the 'Toast of Paris' is the stuff that legends and dreams are made of.

There are several biographies on Josephine's life on the market. Lynn Hanley's book makes for interesting reading for the following factor: it was written from the prospective of an inquisitive researcher rather than an obsessed hero-worshipping fan. Hanley discovered that many of the myths and legends surround Baker were created and fuelled by the lady herself. Josephine constantly re-invented herself to stay ahead of her game. I'm not going to spoil it and reveal all here.

If you're curious but unfamiliar with Josephine Baker's incredible life and career, I recommend that you read this well-researched but under-rated book first.
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Format: Hardcover
This biography is a struggle to get through. The language is easy to understand but it requires that the reader suspend a considerable amount of offense at all the uses of the term "primitive" and "sensual" without further exploration of these terms and what they meant for a poor black teenage female during the Jazz Age. The author spends time giving excruciating details to minor issues like outfits on certain days and irrelevant people in Baker's life, while skipping over analysis, context, and other important information. It seems like a ploy to get the book made into a movie. Would not recommend at ALL.
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This book was delivered in a swift and manner. The book was in good condition, but the cute cover was missing. I ordered other books on Josephine Baker and this one compared favorably.
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Format: Paperback
I think that this book sould be a best-seller because it contents a lot of profitable information about Josephine.
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