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The Barbizon : the hotel that set women free / Paulina Bren.

Bren, Paulina, (author.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library.

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Burlington Public Library LP 974.7104 BREN 2021 39851001618652 New Large Print Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781432886417
  • ISBN: 143288641X
  • Physical Description: 521 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm.
  • Edition: Large print edition.
  • Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2021.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-515).
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Building the Barbizon: the unsinkable Molly Brown vs. the flappers -- Surviving the Depression: Gibbs Girls and Powers models -- McCarthyism and its female prey: Betsy Talbot Blackwell and her career women -- The dollhouse days: Grace Kelly and the beauty queens -- Sylvia Plath: the summer of 1953 -- Joan Didion: the summer of 1955 -- The invisible: Gael Greene and "The lone women" -- "The problem that has no name": Sylvia Plath and the 1950s, in memoriam -- The end of an era: from women's hotel to millionaires' apartments.
Summary, etc.:
"The Barbizon tells the story of New York's most glamorous women-only hotel, and the women -- both famous and ordinary -- who passed through its doors. World War I had liberated women from home and hearth, setting them on the path to political enfranchisement and gainful employment. Arriving in New York to work in the dazzling new skyscrapers, they did not want to stay in uncomfortable boarding houses; they wanted what men already had -- exclusive residential hotels that catered to their needs, with daily maid service, cultural programs, workout rooms, and private dining. The Barbizon would become the most famous residential hotel of them all, welcoming everyone from aspiring actresses, dancers, and fashion models to seamstresses, secretaries, and nurses. The Barbizon's residents read like a who's who: Titanic survivor Molly Brown; actresses Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren, Liza Minnelli, Ali McGraw, Jaclyn Smith, and Phylicia Rashad; writers Sylvia Plath, Joan Didion, Diane Johnson, Gael Greene, and Meg Wolitzer; and so many more. But before they were household names, they were among the young women arriving at the Barbizon with a suitcase, and hope. Beautifully written and impeccably researched, The Barbizon weaves together a tale that has, until now, never been told. It is an epic story of women's ambition in the 20th century. The Barbizon Hotel offered its residents a room of their own and air to breathe, unfettered from family obligations and expectations. It gave women a chance to remake themselves however they pleased. No place had existed like it before, or has since."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Barbizon/63 (New York, N.Y.)
Women > New York (State) > New York > Social conditions > 20th century.
Women > New York (State) > New York > Social life and customs > 20th century.
Hotels > New York (State) > New York > History.
Large type books.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General.
Barbizon/63 (New York, N.Y.)
Large type books.
Women > Social conditions.
Women > Social life and customs.
New York (State) > New York.
Genre: Large type books.

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