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The Resource The extra woman : how Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to live alone and like it, Joanna Scutts

The extra woman : how Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to live alone and like it, Joanna Scutts

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The extra woman : how Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to live alone and like it
Title
The extra woman
Title remainder
how Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to live alone and like it
Statement of responsibility
Joanna Scutts
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Presents a cultural history of independent single women between the 1920s and the 1950s through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis
  • "You've met the extra woman: she's sophisticated, she lives comfortably alone, she pursues her passions unabashedly, and--contrary to society's suspicions--she really is happy. Despite multiple waves of feminist revolution, today's single woman is still mired in judgment or, worse, pity. But for a brief exclamatory period in the late 1930s, she was all the rage. A delicious cocktail of cultural history and literary biography, The Extra Woman transports us to the turbulent and transformative years between suffrage and the sixties, when, thanks to the glamorous grit of one Marjorie Hillis, single women boldly claimed and enjoyed their independence. Hillis, the pragmatic daughter of a Brooklyn preacher, was poised for reinvention when she moved to the big city to start a life of her own. Gone were the days of the flirty flapper; ladies of Depression-era New York embraced a new icon: the independent working woman. Hillis was already a success at Vogue when she published a radical self-help book in 1936: Live Alone and Like It: A Guide for the Extra Woman. With Dorothy Parker-esque wit, she urged spinsters, divorcées, and 'old maids' to shed derogatory labels and take control of their lives, and her philosophy became a phenomenon. From the importance of a peignoir to the joy of breakfast in bed (alone), Hillis's tips made single life desirable and chic. In a style as irresistible as Hillis's own, Joanna Scutts, a leading cultural critic, explores the revolutionary years following the Live-Alone movement, when the status of these 'brazen ladies' peaked and then collapsed. Other innovative lifestyle gurus set similar trends that celebrated guiltless female independence and pleasure: Dorothy Draper's interior design smash, Decorating Is Fun! transformed apartments; Irma Rombauer's warm and welcoming recipe book, The Joy of Cooking, reassured the nervous home chef that she, too, was capable of decadent culinary feats. By painting the wider picture, Scutts reveals just how influential Hillis's career was, spanning decades and numerous bestsellers. With this vibrant examination of a remarkable life and profound feminist philosophy, Scutts at last reclaims Hillis as the original queen of a maligned sisterhood. Channeling Hillis's charm, The Extra Woman is both a brilliant exposé of women who forged their independent paths before the domestic backlash of the 1950s trapped them behind picket fences, and an illuminating excursion into the joys of fashion, mixology, decorating, and other manifestations of shameless self-love."--Dust jacket flaps
Summary
From the flapper to <i>The Feminine Mystique</i>, the author presents a cultural history of single women in the city through the reclaimed life of glamorous guru Marjorie Hillis
Writing style
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10600575
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scutts, Joanna
Dewey number
305.420973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1221.R73
LC item number
S38 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Roulston, Marjorie Hillis
  • Roulston, Marjorie Hillis
  • Feminists
  • Women authors
  • Single women
  • Living alone
  • Feminism
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • HISTORY / Women
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Women
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
how Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to live alone and like it
Label
The extra woman : how Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to live alone and like it, Joanna Scutts
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-316) 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
Solitary splendor -- "Something to get your teeth into" -- (Not) a question of money -- Setting for a solo act -- Work ends at nightfall -- Mad about New York -- Rosie and Mrs. Roulston -- Starting all over
Control code
on1000526822
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631492730
Lccn
2017027416
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1000526822
Label
The extra woman : how Marjorie Hillis led a generation of women to live alone and like it, Joanna Scutts
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-316) 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
Solitary splendor -- "Something to get your teeth into" -- (Not) a question of money -- Setting for a solo act -- Work ends at nightfall -- Mad about New York -- Rosie and Mrs. Roulston -- Starting all over
Control code
on1000526822
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781631492730
Lccn
2017027416
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1000526822

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