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Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution
by Eve Golden
Vernon and Irene Castle popularized ragtime dancing in the years just before World War I and made dancing a respectable pastime in America. The whisper-thin, elegant Castles were trendsetters in many ways: they traveled with a black orchestra, had an openly lesbian manager, and were animal-rights advocates decades before it became a public issue. Irene was also a fashion ...more
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published November 30th 2007 by University Press of Kentucky
(first published January 1st 2007)
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An interesting account of early celebrities who danced their way to prominence. The author has an excellent command of the time and place, presenting the results of her research with a light and witty touch. My only complaint is the lack of illustrations. I would expect at least two sections of photos or other images in a biography like this. Especially frustrating given the Castles' fame as dancers and Irene Castle's frequent appearances in magazines of the day.
Eve Golden is a biographer whose work focuses on American silent film, theater and early twentieth century actresses.More about Eve Golden...