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Par Elsie Janis. 2023
The fanciful, witty and amusing love scenes of and idealized actress of stage and screen at the turn of the…twentieth century.“This little book is not in the least statistical, it is merely the legitimate off-spring of imagination and observation. Personally, the only man that ever told me he could not live without me was divorced by the lady he married two months afterwards, on the ground of cruelty. However, this is my idea of how a popular actress should be loved.”Elsie Janis (1889-1956), born Elsie Jane Bierbower to Jennie and John Bierbower in Columbus, Ohio, first entertained at the age of 2 ½ in various church activities at Dr. Washington Gladden’s First Congregational Church at the northwest corner of Broad and Third. Janis’s career in the performing arts was long and varied – from her childhood when she began doing imitations of celebrities in vaudeville, to her starring roles on the stages of New York, London, and Paris, to the battlefield where she entertained troops in France and England during World War I, to Hollywood where she acted, wrote for film, and supervised productions. From her teen years on, Janis wrote songs for herself and for others as well as a number of books, magazine articles, and poems. Janis’s mother Jennie was, until her death in 1930, Elsie’s constant companion and manager, and was known as one of show business’s most infamous stage mothers.
Par Ella Wheeler Wilcox. 2023
Fascinating autobiographical portrait of famed poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox.“Prolific poet and journalist Ella Wheeler Wilcox was born in Johnstown, Wisconsin.…As a teenager, she published poems in the Waverly Magazine and Leslie’s Weekly. She studied at the University of Wisconsin, but left after just a year to focus on her writing. Wilcox’s essays appeared widely in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, and she wrote popular poetry, generally in plain, rhyming verse. She published her first book, Drops of Water (1872), when she was 22 years old. 60,000 copies of her book Poems of Passion (1883) were sold over the course of just two years. Her other poetry collections include Poems of Experience (1910), Poems of Peace (1906), and Shells (1873).Wilcox also published books of fiction, including A Woman of the World (1904), Sweet Danger (1892), A Double Life (1890), and Mal Moulée (1885), and two autobiographies, The Worlds and I (1918) and The Story of a Literary Career (1905).She died on October 30, 1919 at her home in Short Beach, Connecticut.”-Poetry Foundation.
Par Henry Dwight Sedgwick. 2023
IT is the thesis of this charmingly written book that with the passing of the idea of being a gentleman…purely for the sake of being a gentleman something worthwhile has been lost to civilization. Neither democracies nor dictatorships are friendly to the gentleman.-NYTimes.“IT is over a hundred years since the last of the Waverley Novels was written, and the mere name of those famous books, which swept down from Edinburgh over England, France, Germany, and Italy, and stirred their generation to wild enthusiasm, helps us to realize the revolution that has metamorphosed social ideas and usages since then. Some of these novels still maintain a foremost place in English literature, and yet the present generation holds them cheap; it reads Rob Roy and The Heart of Midlothian, if at all, as monuments in literary history. And this is due less to a change in literary taste than to the revolution in social usages and ideas. The young generation derides Scott’s admiration for high rank in the social hierarchy as snobbery, it calls his loyalties prejudices, it denounces his moral delicacy as puritanical prudery; it measures them by its own standards, its own usages, its own ideas, and finds them wanting. It would be idle to speculate whether their standards or those of Sir Walter are more conducive to general happiness. In any event, the change is historically interesting and has its place in the story of civilization.”-Introduction.
Par Carl Van Vechten. 2023
This portrait of the smart set in Jazz Age New York by one of the most interesting personalities in 1920s…New York, writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten.Exhausted by wars and peace conferences, worn out by prohibition and other dishonest devices of unscrupulous politicians, the younger generation, born and bred to respect nothing, make a valiant and heart-breaking attempt to enjoy themselves.