- Paperback: 606 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (January 31, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374524629
- ISBN-13: 978-0374524623
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #858,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s Paperback – January 31, 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
While Hemingway, Stein, Fitzgerald et al. were finding Paris a movable feast, for hundreds of other American artists, writers and musicians who remained at home, Manhattan in the 1920s was a kind of Roman candle hurtling into hyperborean space, its glitter and energy sparking a decade of creativity. And though the expatriates were mining established European cultures, for them, too, Manhattan was their defining center, whether escaping or embracing it. This book is a cornucopia of anecdote and commentary on some 120 stars of the Jazz Age. Douglas (The Feminization of American Culture) devotes considerable attention to the city's impact on the legendary black musicians and theirs on it; to its architectural ebullience; and above all to the literary and publishing mavens who worshipped the integrity of the word-the "terrible honesty" of her title. This is a sprawling, erudite, provocative study of an expanding artistic universe that crashed with the Depression and, like it, left a powerful imprint on the American consciousness. Photos not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal
Douglas (The Feminization of American Culture, 1978) here concentrates on Manhattan in the 1920s, with an emphasis on the Harlem Renaissance. More than just a portait of New York in the Jazz Age, this work is a social and intellectual history of the United States. It covers American literature, music, and architecture and discusses the influences of Freud, William James, and matriarchy on early 20th-century thought. Exhaustively researched, the narrative introduces a large cast of protagonists and features lots of anecdotes, plot summaries, and discussion of popular music. Douglas shows how the intellectual life of one city in one decade was such an important part of American cultural history. For informed lay readers and scholars generally.
Gary Williams, Southeastern Ohio Regional Lib., Caldwell
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
While probably praised by the politically correct ethnic studies intellectuals and feminist scholars as brilliant, I consider it to be a crackpot book, no more valid than, say, H.P. Blavatsky's theosophy tomes. Terrible Honesty led to arguments in the class. I stated I hated Freud, while another student said you cannot hate Freud, as if it wasn't allowed. I hated ideology being handed down as gospel truth, whatever it is. Terrible Honesty has a self-righteous tone of being gospel, when it is nothing of the kind.