From the Inside Flap
Zaftig is a Yiddish word meaning ripe or luscious, and is commonly applied to curvaceous women. This book celebrates these women principally through its many reproductions of paintings, but also through quotations from those who argue for the attractiveness of zaftig women.
Some of the painters reproduced are: Rembrandt, Titian, Correggio, Lord Leighton, Diego Rivera, Rubens, Renoir, Reginald Marsh, Picasso, Giovanni Bellini, Ingres, Klimt, Mucha, Tamara de Lempicka, and Camille Bombois.
The arguements for feminine substance are arranged thematically, and include an attack on the cult of thinness; a defense of the zaftig as a natural state; an exploration of eras, such as the Victorian age, in which abundance was preferred; and an examination of subcultures in which heavy women rule, as on the opera stage.
About the Author
Edward St. Paige is an author and picture researcher who lives and works, in an old, beached ferry boat on the shores of Lake Superior.
His books include Ferry Traffic on the Great Lakes (1968), Ice Fairs and Carnivals (1971), G.K. Chesterton and the Labor Movement (1973), Dogs in the Service of Their Country (1978), Women in Trollope's Novels (1984), Durer and the Human Body (1989), and A History of Dreaminf (1992).
He collects old magazines, and is at work on a series of books in which he ezamines various aspects of our social history from the advertisements, articles, and illustrations found therein.