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The Flapper Wife
Beatrice Burton Morgan (1894-1983) was a romance author whose books about life in the 1920s were known for their use of current slang and references to popular culture.
Paperback, 348 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Wildside Press
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The Flapper Wife by Beatrice Burton (published 1925) is a marvelous find for me. It provides loads of information about the Roaring Twenties not easily found elsewhere. I picked up period language (“who is the sheik I saw leaving the house”, “What a poor simp Lola was!”, “you have it all over her like a tent”), historical details not found in history books (a punch is one-third fruit juice and two-thirds gin, women wore driving gloves in the car, a telephone is located in the coat closet under t ...more
I purchased this book because our 1923 Beale Pianola came with a roll, The Flapper Wife , a foxtrot from the 1920s. Our house dates to this period, and the 'twenties have always fascinated me through the works of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and many others. Two things I must record. First, the novel mentions the term "Mrs Grundy", which is defined as "A person with very conventional standards of propriety", and is used to describe how a prude might view a particular attitude or behaviour. Second, th ...more
Thank you, Bea! Another great read and typically early Morgan. Her writing is quite visual and with a clear view of everything going its nearly like watching the silver screen (and you must, must catch the silent film adaptation of this book, stunning!). While it isn't her best, I still couldn't put the book down! My favourite author, I've read 12 of her books and will always recommend them all (thus far)! I will say, however, that at times you'll need a clear understanding of the '20s and '30s ...more