Title: Mrs. Astor's Horse
Author: Stanley Walker
Description: First British edition. Black cloth boards with gilt on spine. Light wear to edges. Previous owner's inscriptions on ffep and half-title page, otherwise interior is clean and pages crisp. Dust jacket chipped and showing some edgewear; not price clipped (12s 6d net); in a clear archival sleeve. 15 photographs on plates. Index. 312 pages.21.7 x 13.5 cm.
A collection of what the author calls ''Americana curiosa'' from the 1920s and 1930s. Movers and shakers, politicians, tycoons, gangsters, rabble-rousers, radio, theatre and movie stars, the stories all shot through with scandals and controversy. Mae West, Rudolf Valentino, the ''Morro Castle'' fire at Asbury Park, Hearsts and Vanderbilts and Astors, John Dillinger, Father Coughlin, Queen Marie of Romania, Bernarr Macfadden, the Lindbergh baby trial, Hollywood, and much more. An interesting and breezy account of a panoply of the notable and notorious persons who shaped the changing face of popular American culture in the first decades of the 20th century.
Stanley Walker (1898-1962) was a journalist and editor for the New York Herald/Herald Tribune between 1920 and 1937, with stints working for the Daily Mirror, The New Yorker, New York Woman, and the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger.
Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good+
Publisher: John Lane, The Bodley Head
Keywords: American culture, twentieth century, 1920s, 1930s,
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