Newport During the Interwar Years Reading List

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 3:09pm -- baglio

Newport is best known as a summer resort destination and for its collection of ornate Gilded Age homes. Historians agree that the Gilded Age began at the end of the American Civil War when do to the construction of railroads and industrialization, the U.S. economy expanded considerably, allowing not only for these lavish summer "cottages" to be built but also for their owners to entertain in a grand scale. With the institution of the U.S income tax in 1913 it became difficult to live as these families had only a decade earlier, but the Gilded Age did not end overnight in Newport. Though the wealth moved out of the city, Newport was still a stylish destination whose distinction is known the world over even today. On July 12, Paul Miller of the Preservation Society, and Charlie Burns of the Newport Restoration Foundation began a three part lecture series discussing Newport during the interwar years. To learn more about this period between the the world wars come into the Redwood Library and check out one of the items below.


The Great Gatsby (Film Version)

Directed by, Jack Clayton

This third film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1925 novel was one of the most hyped movies of the summer of 1974. Robert R edford star s as self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, who uses his vast (and implicitly ill-gotten) fortune to buy his way into Long Isl and society. Most of a ll, Gatsby wants to win back the love of socialite Daisy Buchanan (Mia F arrow), now married to "old money" Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern). Calmly ob serving the passing parade is Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston), Gatsby's be st friend, who narrates the film. Francis Ford Coppola's screenplay is meticulously faithful to the original novel, but Theoni Aldridge's costu me design and Ne lson Riddle's nostalgic musical score won the film its only Oscars. The huge supporting cast includes Howard da Silva, who play ed To m Wilson in the 1949 Great Gatsby, and a very young Patsy Kensit a s Daisy's daughter.


The Great Gatsby

By, F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

Fashion in the Time of The Great Gatsby

By, LaLonnie Lehman

The Great Gatsby is that rare classic that inescapably defines the age from which it sprang: the Roaring '20s, an era of economic boom, stylish excess and above all an explosion of new and exciting fashions. This book chronicles the sparkling spectacle of Jazz Age fashion as it moves from the corseted world of the 1910s to flapper dresses, fedoras and bejeweled headbands. Illustrated with period photographs, designer sketches and key excerpts from The Great Gatsby novel, the book fully captures the style and glamour of the age of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Miller. It spans the entire wardrobe of both men and women, including day and evening wear, accessories, casual attire and “fads” like smoking jackets, tiaras and cigarette holders.

Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel

By, Bob Batchelor

In Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel, Bob Batchelor explores the birth, life, and enduring influence of The Great Gatsby—from the book’s publication in 1925 through today’s headlines filled with celebrity intrigue, corporate greed, and a roller-coaster economy. A cultural historian, Batchelor explains why and how the novel has become part of the fiber of the American ethos and an important tool in helping readers to better comprehend their lives and the broader world around them. 

John Russell Pope: Architect of Empire

By, Stephen Mcleod Bedford

John Russell Pope is considered one of America's finest and most important classical architects, and this lavishly illustrated book, long overdue, is the first comprehensive survey of his work. This definitive study, comprised mainly of projects dating from 1910 to 1937, includes the Jefferson Memorial, the National Gallery of Art, Constitution Hall, the National Archives, and the Temple of the Scottish Rite in Washington, D.C.; the Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the Duveen Sculpture Gallery (for the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon) at the British Museum and the Sculpture Hall at the Tate Gallery, both in London; mansions for the Vanderbilts and Marshall Field; and campus plans for the Yale and The Johns Hopkins Universities.


American Splendor: The Residental Architecture of Horace Trumbauer 

By, Michael C Kathrens

Horace Trumbauer (1868-1938) was one of the most influential residential architects in the country house era that lasted from the late 19th century to 1930. His restrained limestone palaces and townhouses for the super rich defined a new elegance in American cities and seaside resorts. A publicity-shy Philadelphian without social connections and only 10th grade education, Trumbauer opened his own practice, at the age of 21. Within just a few years he was on his way to becoming a leading practitioner of residential design on the grandest scale. No American builder in the first three decades of the 20th century could equal Trumbauer s output in the sheer number and splendor of his commissions. His large mansions were typically designed in English or French taste, and whether they were in the Whitemarsh Valley outside Philadelphia or new the ocean in Newport, Rhode Island, Trumbauer s houses had the imposing aristocratic demeanor his clients sought. 


Flapper : A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern 

By, Joshua Zeitz
Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the 1920s puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture.
Whisking us from the Alabama country club where Zelda Sayre first caught the eye of F. Scott Fitzgerald to Muncie, Indiana, where would-be flappers begged their mothers for silk stockings, to the Manhattan speakeasies where patrons partied till daybreak, historian Joshua Zeitz brings the era to exhilarating life. This is the story of America’s first sexual revolution, its first merchants of cool, its first celebrities, and its most sparkling advertisement for the right to pursue happiness.


Art Deco

By, Victor Arwas

Victor Arwas's magnificent book offers a broad insight into the elements of this distinctive decorative style. Arwas discusses the work of Art Deco's leading French exponents-Ruhlmann, Puiforcat, Ert, Dunand, Fouquet, Cassandre, Boucheron, and Icart, to name but a few-as he traces the evolution of the style from its first appearance at the famed 1925 Exposition des Arts Dcoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, from which it took its name.

Art Deco: 1910-1939

By, Charlotte and Tim Benton

Art deco—the style of the flapper, the luxury ocean liner, and the skyscraper—came to epitomize the glamour, luxury, and hedonism of the Jazz Age. It burst onto the world stage at the 1925 Exposition internationale des art decoratifs et industriels modernes in Paris and quickly swept the globe. Its influence was felt everywhere, from the skylines of New York and Shanghai to the design of fashionable eveningwear, jewelry, and plastic radios. Above all, it became the style of the pleasure palaces of the age—hotels, nightclubs, and movie theaters. This authoritative publication brings together leading experts in the field to explore the sources, varied forms of expression, distinct visual language, and global reach of deco. With its breathtaking illustrations, this lavish volume is the defi nitive book on what is, arguably, the most popular style of the 20th century.


Debutantes: When Glamour was Born

By, Diana Oswald

When the golden age of high fashion and high society converged, and glamour was born. A debutante’s dress is anything but a minor detail, and this sumptuous volume delights in one stunning look after another: lace bodices and silver sequins by Chanel; Vionnet’s luxurious silk brocades; the signature white satin gloves and ubiquitous feathers of the ’30s; fluid frocks by Schiaparelli; the heiress-worthy designs of Claire McCardell and Valentina, especially popular with the ladies of the Whitney and Vanderbilt families; tulle and chiffon gowns by Dior and Mainbocher; sleek, one-shoulder styles by Norman Norell; and the one-of-a-kind, custom-made gowns donned by countless celebutantes, such as Jackie Kennedy and Brenda Frazier (whose custom frock earned her the cover of Life magazine).Debutantes celebrates the timeless tradition with gorgeous photography from high-society and fashion documenters such as Cecil Beaton, Toni Frissell, and Slim Aarons as well as never-before-published pictures culled from personal collections. Traversing winter cotillions at the Waldorf, summer coming-out soirees in Newport, and bourgeois banquets in Paris, Debutantes marries high fashion and society with an eternal allure to be coveted by all ages.

Louis Armstrong (CD)

By, Louis Armstrong

Tracks Include: Cabaret (3:57) -- A kiss to build a dream on (2:59) -- Please don't talk about me (3:24) -- Blueberry hill (3:18) -- Hello Dolly (2:32) -- St. Louis blues (2:53) -- That's my desire (2:52) -- Royal garden blues (2:05) -- Mack the Knife (3:26) -- Basin Street blues (2:45) -- King Porter stomp (4:11) -- Black and blue (5:35) -- Stompin' at the Savoy (2:51) -- I can't give you anything but love (2:54).


Taken by Storm 1938 : A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane 

By, Lourdes B. Aviles

On September 21, 1938 one of the most powerful storms of the twentieth century came unannounced into the lives of New Yorkers and New Englanders, leaving utter devastation in its wake. The Great Hurricane, as it came to be known, changed everything, from the landscape and its inhabitants’ lives, to Weather Bureau practices, to the measure and kind of relief New Englanders would receive during the Great Depression and the resulting pace of regional economic recovery.

 The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury

By, Peter Pennoyer

As an inventor, Atterbury was responsible for one of the country’s first low-cost, prefabricated concrete construction systems, introducing beauty and inexpensive good design into the lives of the working classes. The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury is the first book to showcase the rich and varied repertoire of this prolific architect whose career spanned six decades and whose work affected the course of American architecture, planning, and construction. Illustrated with Jonathan Wallen’s stunning color photographs and over 250 historic drawings, plans, and photographs, it also includes a catalogue raisonné and an employee roster. It is the definitive source on an architect who made an indelible imprint on the American landscape. 46 color and 343 duotone photographs