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Vernon and Irene Castle's Ragtime Revolution

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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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Donna
Aug 21, 2008 Donna rated it it was amazing
I only wish I could write two lines strung together as entertainingly as Eve Golden does in her most recent work. Impeccably researched and so well written, I was sorry when it came to an end.
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Jun 16, 2013 Julia Hendon rated it really liked it
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.
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Very well researched, but I started to lose interest about 3/4 of the way through when Vernon died, and it became all about the diva days and multiple marriages of Irene.
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