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The Resource Irrepressible : the Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham, Emily Bingham

Irrepressible : the Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham, Emily Bingham

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Irrepressible : the Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham
Title
Irrepressible
Title remainder
the Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham
Statement of responsibility
Emily Bingham
Title variation
Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Raised like a princess in one of the most powerful families in the American South, Henrietta was offered the helm of a publishing empire. Instead, she ripped through the Jazz Age like an F. Scott Fitzgerald character: intoxicating and intoxicated, selfish and shameful, seductive and brilliant, and often terribly troubled. In New York, Louisville, and London she drove men and women wild with desire, and her youth blazed with sex. But her lesbian love affairs made her the subject of derision and drove a doctor to try to cure her. After the speed and pleasure of her youth, the toxicity of judgment coupled with her own anxieties led to years of addiction and breakdowns,"--Novelist
Writing style
Award
Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Literature
Review
  • In lovely prose, historian Bingham (Mordecai: An Early American Family ) draws readers behind the veil of silence surrounding her great-aunt Henrietta, who was part of a wealthy, politically influential Kentucky family. Henrietta was very young when her mother died, and navigated a difficult, nearly incestuous relationship with her narcissistic father. She met her first love, the composition professor Mina Kerstein, at Smith College in the early 1920s. They subsequently spent time in England, where Mina, intellectually intrigued by their mutual sexual desires, arranged for their psychoanalysis with a Freudian doctor. Bingham is at her best when describing Henrietta’s conflicted feelings about her sexuality as she drifted into acquaintance with the Bloomsbury literary crowd and had affairs with both men and women, including artist Dora Carrington and future producer/actor John Houseman. But Henrietta comes across as less interesting than the company she kept, a minor character overshadowed by the much larger personalities and events of the 20th century. Though the story is weighed down by the minutiae of Henrietta’s life and fails to offer much insight on her era, it succeeds as a psychological study of an unusual woman. Illus. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 6, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 14, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ A colorful portrait of a daring woman.F. Scott Fitzgerald never invented a Jazz-Age seductress as bold, brash, and devastating as Henrietta Bingham (1901-1968), the author's great-aunt. A biographer and historian, Bingham (Mordecai: An Early American Family, 2003, etc.) discovered a cache of love letters sent to Henrietta by two ardent suitors. One was John Houseman, not yet a noted director and producer. Most of Henrietta's lovers, though, were women: Mina Kirstein (sister of ballet impresario Lincoln and lover of Clive Bell), who had been her teacher at Smith College; Bloomsbury artist Dora Carrington, who experienced "ecstasy" in Henrietta's arms; Wimbledon tennis champion Helen Jacobs, with whom Henrietta had an affair lasting several years; actress Beatrix Lehmann, sister of novelist Rosamund and Hogarth Press editor John; and many others. Henrietta was, apparently, irresistible; she "could beguile brilliant and creative people," the author notes, but her affairs, which "began passionately…rarely held her attention….With one lover after another Henrietta acted skittish and immature, ambivalent and distant." Her behavior was likely shaped by her relationship with her wealthy and powerful father, emotionally, but not physically incestuous, characterized by "mutual obsession and dependency." He repeatedly offered her careers that would have ensconced her in her native Kentucky, and she repeatedly refused. Yet when he was made Franklin Roosevelt's ambassador to England, Henrietta reveled in aristocratic life and often served as his hostess. The "seductiveness and ambivalence" Henrietta felt toward her father contributed to a lifetime of neuroses, which she sought to alleviate through treatment with Freudian psychoanalyst Ernest Jones, who became her mentor and confidant and who freely shared details of Henrietta with Mina, also his analysand. As she aged, Henrietta succumbed to drink and assorted pharmaceuticals, suffering more than a dozen breakdowns in the decades before her death. Throughout, the author ably illuminates the character of her great-aunt, who "took freedom as far as she could." Deeply researched, Bingham's engrossing biography brings her glamorous, tormented ancestor vividly to life.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2015)
Biography type
individual biography
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10430474
Cataloging source
DLC
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Bingham, Emily
Dewey number
306.76/5082
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Bingham, Henrietta Worth
  • Bingham family
  • Bisexual women
  • Upper class women
  • Socialites
  • Lesbians
  • Women analysands
  • Women alcoholics
  • Louisville (Ky.)
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham
Label
Irrepressible : the Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham, Emily Bingham
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Herein lieth hid a creature -- Coquetting -- Pretty boxes -- Detriment to community -- An American girl of twenty-one -- Free associations -- O let's get married -- Effects of Henrietta -- An' I wish I was happy again -- Jug band ordered -- A red damask suite -- Hunting -- Speed six -- Miss America -- A joyous and satisfying life -- Our house with our horses -- My nerves are bad tonight -- The not at all solved problems of Henrietta -- Postscript: Extant
Control code
1100867
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 369 pages
Isbn
9780809094646
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014039375
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780809094646
  • (OCoLC)889165154
Label
Irrepressible : the Jazz Age life of Henrietta Bingham, Emily Bingham
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Herein lieth hid a creature -- Coquetting -- Pretty boxes -- Detriment to community -- An American girl of twenty-one -- Free associations -- O let's get married -- Effects of Henrietta -- An' I wish I was happy again -- Jug band ordered -- A red damask suite -- Hunting -- Speed six -- Miss America -- A joyous and satisfying life -- Our house with our horses -- My nerves are bad tonight -- The not at all solved problems of Henrietta -- Postscript: Extant
Control code
1100867
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 369 pages
Isbn
9780809094646
Isbn Type
(Hardcover)
Lccn
2014039375
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780809094646
  • (OCoLC)889165154

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