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The Barbizon: The New York Hotel That Set Women Free

The Barbizon: The New York Hotel That Set Women Free (Hardback)

By Bren, Paulina

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WELCOME TO THE BARBIZON, NEW YORK'S PREMIER WOMEN-ONLY HOTEL Built in 1927, New York's Barbizon Hotel was first intended as a home for the 'Modern Woman' seeking a career in the arts. It became the place to stay for ambitious, independent women, who were lured by the promise of f...ame and good fortune. Sylvia Plath fictionalized her time there in The Bell Jar, and over the years, its 688 tiny pink 'highly feminine boudoirs' also housed Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly (notorious for sneaking in men), Joan Didion, Candice Bergen, Charlie's Angel Jaclyn Smith, Ali McGraw, Cybil Shepherd, Elaine Stritch, Liza Minnelli, Eudora Welty, The Cosby Show's Phylicia Rashad, and writers Mona Simpson and Ann Beattie, among many others. Mademoiselle boarded its summer interns there - perfectly turned-out young women, who would never be spotted hatless - as did Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School its students - in their white-gloves and kitten heels - and the Ford Modelling Agency its young models. Not everyone who passed through the Barbizon's doors was destined for greatness - for some it was a story of dashed hopes and expectations - but from the Jazz Age New Women of the 1920s, to the Liberated Women of the 1960s, until 1981 when the first men checked in, The Barbizon was a place where women could stand up and be counted. THE BARBIZON is a colourful, glamorous portrait of the lives of these young women, who came to New York looking for something more. It's a story of pushing the boundaries, of women's emancipation and of the generations of brilliant women who passed through its halls.
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ISBN 9781529393026
Released NZ 25 May 2021
Publisher John Murray Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781529393026
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Status Showing available at publisher; usually ships 7-14 working days
Publisher John Murray Press
Imprint Two Roads
Released 25 May 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Bren, Paulina
Category Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Social & Cultural History
Women's Studies
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 238mm
Spine: 34mm
Dewey Code 305.4097470904
Weight 540g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women - Social conditions - 20th century - New York State - New York, Women - Social life and customs - 20th century - New York State - New York
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade