Cover of: Capital of the world | David Wallace

Capital of the world

a portrait of New York City in the Roaring Twenties

Published by Lyons Press in Guilford, Conn .
Written in English.

About the Edition

Looks at the history of nineteen twenties New York City through anecdotes and profiles of people who personified the decade, including Lucky Luciano, Jimmy Walker, Polly Adler, Arturo Toscanini, Alexander Woollcott, and Dorothy Parker.

Table of Contents

"Gentleman Jim." Part I. The good times mayor: Jimmy Walker
Prohibition: Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club
The rise of the mafia. Part I. The three M's: Morello, Masseria, and Maranzano
The Rise of the mafia. Part II. Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano
America's most famous madam: Polly Adler
Queen of the nightclubs: Texas Guinan
The birth of gossip journalism: Walter Winchell
America's conflicted queen of vaudeville and comedy: Fanny Brice
The rise of radio: David Sarnoff
Dance: The charleston, the black bottom, and Martha Graham
High Cs and high jinks: Classical music's biggest Scandal: Arturo Toscanini Geraldine Farrar
Literature of the 1920s. Part I. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Literature of the 1920s. Part II. Edith Wharton, Anita Loos and Eugene O'Neill
The Round Table: Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, Robert Sherwood, Franklin P. Adams, Marc Connelly, Harold Ross, and Dorothy Parker
The witty critic: Dorothy Parker
The magazines: Henry Luce and Briton Hadden and Time, and Harold Ross and the New Yorker
New York's lesbian subculture
Interior design pioneer: Elsie de Wolfe
The Harlem Renaissance: The Cotton Club, Bessie Smith, and the Harlem Renaissance
Sports: Bill Tilden and Babe Ruth
The Ticker-Tape parade: Grover T. Whalen
"Gentleman Jim." Part II. The party's over: Mayor Jimmy Walker
The crash and the sign of a better tomorrow: The Chrysler building and architect William Van Alen.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-282) and index.


Library of Congress
F128.5 .W225 2011

The Physical Object

xiii, 289 p. :
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