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The Mauve Decade: American Life at the End of the Nineteenth Century

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Laced with witty anecdotes and epigrams, Beer's remarkable cultural history encompasses the wild panoply of the Gilded Age's last decade, from high society to the closing of the West. First published 1926. "A rich work of literary art," Burton Rascoe, The New York Sun.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 22nd 1997 by Carroll & Graf (first published January 1st 1960)
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Americans like political leaders who are human circuses, writes Thomas Beer in this reflective memoir of yesteryear, which carries resonance today.

Years ago I heard of this book : don't know how, don't know when. The title intrigued me. Mauve. Now there's a saucy color...a combo of grey-blue-magenta. Most promising. Or as Mr Whistler said, "Mauve? Mauve is just pink trying to be purple." Author Thomas Beer (1889-1940) plunges into US cultural history - a favorite topic of mine - though this wa
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Feb 16, 2012 Alwa rated it it was ok
didn't finish it...would have been fucking hilarious if i had been born in 1865, but just too disorienting (though intermittently funny) in this day and age, with my limited historical knowledge.
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Sep 06, 2013 pjr8888 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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That's the most wacky and gossipy "history" I've ever read.
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Thomas Beer 1889-1940. He is best remembered for his biographies of Stephen Crane (1923) and Marcus (Mark) Hanna (1929) and his witty study of American manners in the 1890s, The Mauve Decade (1926). Some of his realistic short stories were collected by Wilson Follett in Mrs. Egg and Other Barbarians (1947).
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