Acknowledgments Introduction 1. "How to tell the difference between a Matisse painting and a Spanish omelette": Dorothy Parker, Vogue, and Vanity Fair 2. "Brains are really everything": Anita Loos's Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 3. "A plumber's idea of Cleopatra": Mae West as Author 4. "Astronomers located her in the latitude of Prince Edward Island": L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, and Early Hollywood 5. "The best product of this century": Margaret Kennedy's The Constant Nymph 6. "Literature or just sheer flapdoodle?": Stella Gibbons's Cold Comfort Farm 7. "Wildest hopes exceeded": E. M. Delafield's Diary of a Provincial Lady Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
A fascinating look at seven American, Canadian, and English women writersoDorothy Parker, Anita Loos, Mae West, L. M. Montgomery, Margaret Kennedy, Stella Gibbons, and E. M. Delafieldowho achieved popular success in the 1920s and 1930s and whose work is still read today
Faye Hammill is a senior lecturer in English at Cardiff University in Wales.