608 pages, 9.16 × 6 × 1.6 in
January 31, 1996
Farrar, Straus And Giroux
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0374524629
ISBN - 13: 9780374524623
From the Publisher
Terrible Honesty is the biography of a decade, a portrait of the soul of a generation - based on the lives and work of more than a hundred men and women. In a strikingly original interpretation that brings the Jazz Age to life in a wholly new way, Ann Douglas arugues that when, after World War I, the United States began to assume the economic and political leadership of the West, New York became the heart of a daring and accomplished historical transformation.
About the Author
Ann Douglas has taught American Studies at Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia University, where she is now professor of English and Comparative Literature. Her previously published works include The Feminization of American Culture.
"One of the most amazing books on America to appear in recent years. In its sheer ambition, in the utter comprehensiveness of its determination to probe the lived realities of the age, Terrible Honesty stands apart. It sparkles with something like that same vital essence that Douglas locates at the core of the 1920s in the United States [and] is by far the most racially inclusive cultural study of its type by an American scholar."—Arnold Rampersad, The New York Times Book Review"First rate . . . A lucid portrayal of an era, a persuasive interpretation of a piece of cultural history by a courageous and original scholar."—Jeanne Schinto, The Boston Sunday Globe "Douglas' dense, rat-a-tat-tat narrative is full of surprises. Few readers probably know that Samuel Goldwyn once offered Freud $100,000 to write a 'love story' for his movie studio . . . An erudite portrait of a dazzling decade and metropolis, both of which had a sense 'of having been a specially privileged and charged site of American experience.' We shall not see their like again."—Time"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 esca