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The Guest List: How Manhattan Defined American Sophistication—from the Algonquin Round Table to Truman Capote's Ball

 
 
Author
Ethan Mordden.
Publisher St. Martin's  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.35 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780312540241
Pages/Publication Date 317/2010
Daedalus Item Code 61240
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From the 1920s to the early 1960s, Manhattan was America's beacon of sophistication, from the theaters of Broadway to the lobby of the Algonquin Hotel and tables at the Stork Club. Alexander Woolcott, Irving Berlin, Edna Ferber, Arturo Toscanini, Leonard Bernstein, Cole Porter, Dorothy Parker, Truman Capote, the Lunts, and Helen Hayes presided over the town, while their books, plays, performances, speeches, dinner parties, masked balls, loves, likes, and dislikes enjoyed national cachet. Broadway historian and true Manhattanite Ethan Mordden chronicles the city's most powerful and influential era in this "raucous, gossipy, and enlightening" (Booklist) mélange.

"Chock-full of irresistible tidbits and juicy anecdotal morsels.... The intimate stories of these formidable sophisticates are fascinating in and of themselves, but Mordden elevates the lighthearted tone with the very serious and credible assertion that African Americans; women; gay men; Irish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants; and a host of other heretofore undesirables of this era stood society on its ear, permanently redefining and diversifying the nation's cultural scene."—Booklist

 
 
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