Terrible Honesty Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s Epub

Terrible Honesty Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s Epub

Terrible Honesty Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s ➛ Terrible Honesty Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s free download ➠ Author Ann Douglas – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Terrible Honesty is the biography of a decade a portrait of the soul of a generation based on the lives and work of than a hundred men and women In a strikingly original interpretation that brings the Terrible Honesty is the biography of a Mongrel Manhattan Kindle Ï decade a portrait of the soul of a generation based on Terrible Honesty eBook ☆ the lives and work of than a hundred men and women In a strikingly original interpretation that brings the Honesty Mongrel Manhattan MOBI · Jazz Age to life in a wholly new way Ann Douglas arugues that when after World War I the Honesty Mongrel Manhattan in the PDF/EPUB ² 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.

10 thoughts on “Terrible Honesty Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s

  1. David Bates David Bates says:

    In Terrible Honesty Ann Douglas examines the cultural scene of New York City in the 1920’s Standing at the center of the theater advertising and publishing industries in the United States at the moment when America gained international prominence following WWI Douglas argues that New York was in a uniue position to dictate the terms of emerging modern culture Meeting her subject on its own terms the narrative of cultural development is couched in the psychoanalytical language that New Yorkers where newly applying to understand themselves The analysis is part chronicle part performance of the creation of 1920’s mass culture A professor of literature Douglas has a stronger eye for culture than social sciences and her work only lightly touches on the demographics technological change and economics that made New York cultural life so central Rather her conception of New York is a broad one; a train platform on which artists and intellectuals arrive depart or use as a marker in their passage down the line This allows her to use New York as an organizing principle for her discussion of the currents in thought and letters during the 1920’s that includes the American expat community in Paris and Sigmund Freud’s work in Vienna A flexible organizing principle is an important characteristic for Douglas Her real focus is the capturing of the spirit of the age While the island of Manhattan anchors Terrible Honesty at one end in the physical world the belief in a unified cultural zeitgeist anchors it the opposite end in the world of ideas The hundred or so personalities of writers and artists that fill the work are so many drops of spray from the cultural wave that is Douglas’s real subject Gender is at the heart of that analysis Written as a follow on compliment to her 1977 book about Victorian America The Feminization of American Culture Douglass frames the Lost Generation as a culturally masculine revolt against the archetype of the domineering matriarch The young moderns reject the nannying of political progressivism liberal Christianity and prohibition and instead embrace a gritty aesthetic of hard truths along with a lifestyle of drinking open relationships and rootlessness Leaning heavily on Freudian motifs this “matricidal” interpretation of 1920s culture is Douglas’s contribution to the scholarly literature To its credit this frame illuminates unconscious cultural connections that permeate American cultureWhile the location of Manhattan the idea of zeitgeist and the lens of gender combine to create a workable and illuminating account of culture in the 1920’s they also obscure important points and some objections are in order The focus on Manhattan and perhaps a preference for literature over other media relegates the culturally significant development of American cinema occurring in California’s movie studios to a smaller role than it deserves More conseuentially the gender narrative of masculine revolt from matriarchal authority creates a chain of causation slightly divorced from the reality of the material world WWI and the sick peace that followed it do not assume the devastating significance for the progressive world view that it arguably had Rather the war in her telling becomes secondary to a seemingly organic unfolding of generational conflict in which brilliant young bohemians declare independence from bourgeois mothers Douglas’s description of her young moderns as orphans rings true but the motif of rebellious archetypal matricide which permeates her work minimizes the shattered expectations for human progress within which that rejection took root

  2. Brian Brian says:

    Terrible Honesty Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920's is a perceptive and interesting cultural analysis of American Modernism in what Gertrude Stein described as the the world's first twentieth century city The book is full of both intriguing anecdotes and perceptive if sometimes overly broad analysis Among the cast of characters that she draws on to make her arguments are W E B Du Bois Harry Houdini Dorothy Parker Edward Steichen William James Billy Wilder Gertrude Stein Jean Toomer Langston Hughes Hart Crane Bessie Smith Irving Berlin Al Jolson Ethel Waters and Groucho Marx Central to her argument are two processes that she sees as essential to the rise of ModernismThe first is the mongrelization of American Culture Douglas persuasively argues that New York in the twenties saw the first significant cultural interaction between African Americans new immigrant arrivals from Europe particularly Jewish immigrants and white intellectuals and artists The rise of mass media and popular culture only fueled the fire Douglas most skillfully traces this phenomenon in the literary and musical arenas and is somewhat less successful when dealing with the plastic artsDouglas also argues that during the period from the end of World War I up until the beginning of the Great Depression there was a profound rejection of Victorian society dominated by a feminizing power represented most typically by the temperance and suffrage movements both of them led by women as well as by the idealistic foreign policy of Woodrow Wilson and the crusading matriarchal ethos of figures like Mary Baker Eddy the founder of Christian Science Douglas sees the twenties as a period of countervailing masculinization of society a process that was facilitated by both men and women I really found this book enjoyable informative and stimulating I think she makes her case well; although as is often the case with cultural histories that contain an overarching explanatory framework she sometimes seems to over extend her arguments

  3. Jennifer Iudice Jennifer Iudice says:

    should have known from the title

  4. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    One of the nice surprises in reading this book is the author's clear style Not all nonfiction books are so compelling to readso enjoyThe title is misleading It could be How the US became 20th Century America While a great deal of the book focuses on New York much of it does not which is only a problem if that is what you're solely looking for It is a good brief look about how the US was perched to become the power it did pushed into the international arena by World War IThe author gives a great deal of space to BlackWhite relations which came to the forefront as Blacks suddenly had visibility in media music nightclubs movies and as they returned from the War only to be continued to be discounted and lynched My one problem with the book what the amount of time given to the Freudian analysis of Ernest Hemingway and Eugene O'Neill Although Freud was popular in the United States this analysis on certain author's works from a Freudian perspective is certainly besides the pointNevertheless the book is an engrossing look at the period race relations and the transformation of the United States and New York

  5. John Albers John Albers says:

    The book is an interesting though somewhat confused look at culture and art in New York City in the 1920's Ann Douglas' scholarship is excellent though her book sometimes sidetracks into long and confusing passages concerning Sigmund Freud and Christian Science The title is also misleading since much of the book concerns people and events that are not directly related to New York Still there are great biographical sketches Al Jolson Louis Armstrong F Scott Fitzgerald in particular The author probably could have shaved off a hundred or so pages and still have come up with a worthwhile readable book

  6. L L says:

    Fascinating convergence of topics covering New York during the 1920s but the author’s writing style made this a real slog to get through Ann Douglas loves semi colons to her readers’ detriment When she isn’t using semi colons excessively she writes in a convoluted way For example ‘All the post print media get beyond the words seen on a page that is print’s only material to a world of direct transmission’What the heck does that mean?

  7. Linda Linda says:

    I am trying to catch up on all of the books I have said I have read and never reviewed And I read this book in 1995 It is about literature music and theater in the 1920's in New York It is also about how Jazz influenced and brought together blacks and whites in an appreciation of something wonderful For 483 pages Douglas creates a picture of the way social and cultural events shaped our continuing artistic lifestyle in the United States This is a comprehensive and scholarly study that is very readable and I hope I will read it again some day because it was a superb There is an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index Yes I own a copy

  8. Joe Mossa Joe Mossa says:

    i should read books like this cause it is so challenging reading this is work and work is good for the mind i can t give it than 3 stars cause she tries to cover too much ground i love the 20s and have read much about it fitzgerald bios including ZELDA bio of g steinbio of hemingwaybio of dorothy parker short stories by ernestf scott dottiestein i know the 20s but i forget much of what i read but i won t read TERRIBLE HONESTY a 2nd time

  9. Lauren Albert Lauren Albert says:

    When Douglas actually discusses 1920s Manhattan the book is uite interesting Unfortunately she seems enad of psychoanalyzing the country instead and declaiming on matriarchy and patriarchy and matricidal and patricidal tendencies Her discussion of the rejection of Victorian womanhood and its hold on the culture has some interest but she takes it too far and loses track of her primary subject

  10. Carol Carol says:

    I felt a bit mislead by the subtitle the subjects covered led all over with a variation on a theme lack of direction Sections andor subsections were interesting but I entered the book with a belief that Manhattan during the 20s with all the cultural sociological and economics of this era would be the focus It was covered but one should enter with a stronger background then I on the individual's discussed Definitely a college comparative contemporary lit book

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