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Century Girl
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A visual journey through the life of Doris Eaton, the only living Ziegfeld girl, whose extraordinary 101 years have spanned the brightest moments in show biz and major historical landmarks of the 20th century, presented and narrated in the author's highly original collage style. The Ziegfeld Follies, Florenz Ziegfeld's stage spectacular, promised the best performers, the most lavish sets, and the most ravishing girls. Doris Eaton Travis at 14, was chosen as the youngest chorus girl in the Follies. Today, at the age of 101, Eaton is the oldest living Ziegfeld girl. Over the past century, she has performed for presidents and princesses, entertained Gershwin, Lindbergh, and Astaire, starred in silent and talking pictures, bantered with Babe Ruth, offended Henry Ford, outlived six siblings, written a newspaper column, hosted a television show, earned a Phi Beta Kappa degree in history, raised turkeys, and raced horses. The Century Girl is a visual tour of this extraordinary woman's journey through the ages. Lauren Redniss's narrative art employs an entirely original collage style, a seamless blend of her trademark line-drawings, hand-written narrative, and archival photos, in a sequence of full-page spreads, each one illustrating a rich chapter in Doris Eaton's life.

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"Not only did Doris Eaton Travis live longer than a century, not only did she break records for accomplishment and humanity, she also has great hair and shoes."
With Century Girl, Lauren Redniss creates an entirely new genre of biography. --Nylon magazine
Lauren Redniss takes a graphically provocative approach in telling [Doris Eaton Travis s] story. --Daily News
Striking and unique. . . captivating readers by twining simple, evocative text with a stunning array of images. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
My favorite new book this year. . . a visually dazzling melange. . . unlike anything I ve ever seen before. --Slate (best books of 2006 pick)
Doris Eaton is the darling of Broadway, a New York treasure. --Nils Hanson, National Ziegfeld Club
I wish Lauren Redniss would write and illustrate my biography in the dreamy, luminous way she did Doris Eaton Travis s. --Maira Kalman, author and illustrator
The opposite of a page-turner: it s a page-stopper, a page-savorer, in short: an unmitigated delight. --Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson s Cabinet of Wonder and Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences
Not only did Doris Eaton Travis break records for accomplishment and humanity, she also had great hair and shoes. --Isaac Mizrahi
"Lauren Redniss takes a graphically provocative approach in telling [Doris Eaton Travis's] story."--Daily News
"The opposite of a page-turner: it's a page-stopper, a page-savorer, in short: an unmitigated delight."--Lawrence Weschler, author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder and Everything that Rises: A Book of Convergences
"With Century Girl, Lauren Redniss creates an entirely new genre of biography."--Nylon magazine
"Doris Eaton is the darling of Broadway, a New York treasure."--Nils Hanson, National Ziegfeld Club
"My favorite new book this year. . . a visually dazzling melange. . . unlike anything I've ever seen before."--Slate (best books of 2006 pick)
"Striking and unique. . . captivating readers by twining simple, evocative text with a stunning array of images."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"I wish Lauren Redniss would write and illustrate my biography in the dreamy, luminous way she did Doris Eaton Travis's."--Maira Kalman, author and illustrator
"Not only did Doris Eaton Travis break records for accomplishment and humanity, she also had great hair and shoes."--Isaac Mizrahi

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